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THE GLORY IN THE GREY
FORTY-TWO TALKS ON
EVERY-DAY LIFE AND RELIGION
BY THE REV.
ARCHIBALD ALEXANDER, M.A., B.D.
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A DAY AT A TIME
A DAY AT A TIME
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BY THE REV.
ARCH. ALEXANDER, M.A., B.D.
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AND IF IT MAY BE TO REINFORCE HOPE
SIR JOHN R. JELLICOE
ADMIRAL OF THE GRAND FLEET
" There are nettles everywhere,
But smooth green grasses are more common still ;
The blue of heaven is larger than the cloud."
E. B. BROWNING
1. A DAY AT A TIME . . . . . . n
2. GOD IN THE WHEELS . .18
3. A TRIPLE BEST 24
4. FINICAL FARMING . 3 1
5. THE DOCTOR . 37
6. WELL AND Now ... 43
7. THE " WASHEN FACE " IN WAR TIME . 48
8. THE REAL MARTHA . . 54
9. OUR UNEARNED INCREMENT . 61
10. SMOKING WICKS . 67
n. CULPABLE GOODNESS . . 7 2
12. A KHAKI VIRTUE . 7 8
13. THE OVERCOMING OF PANIC . . 83
14. THE DAY S DARG . 89
15. GASHMU THE GOSSIP 95
1 6. GOD IN FRONT . . 102
17. " UNBELIEF KEPT QUIET " . . 109
1 8. THE EQUIPMENT OF JOY . .115
19. THE GOD OF THE UNLOVABLE MAN . .121
20. UNDER THE JUNIPER TREE . . . 127
21. INSTRUCTING THE CABIN BOY ....
22. GOD S DOOR OF HOPE ..... I3 8
23. NOWADAYS ... .143
24. ROUNDABOUT ROADS ... .151
25. THE EXTRAVAGANCE OF LOVE . . . 157
26. THE ART OF DOING WITHOUT . . . 163
27. WONDER ........ l6g
28. THE FATHERHOOD OF GOD . . .176
29. THE UNRETURNING BRAVE . . . .183
30. THE SACRAMENT OF SUNSET . . . .190
"As thy days, so shall thy
(DEUTERONOMY xxxiii. 25.)
A DAY AT A TIME
IF any one of us knows a word of hope or
has picked up a message of comfort anywhere,
it is his plain duty to share it, these days.
We owe it to each other to cherish as exceed
ing precious, and to pass on to others, every
brave and helpful word or thought we come
Well, here is a splendid one for us all, and
especially for those who have most at stake in
this great conflict, and are looking anxiously
ahead and fearing what the weeks may have in
store, " As thy days, so shall thy strength be."
It is a great and glorious promise. And just a
couple of verses further on, it is caught up and
included in one greater still, " The eternal God
is thy refuge and underneath are the everlasting
arms." Fathers and mothers, with a boy, or
more than one, perhaps, away on active service
for King and country, this promise is for you, to
take to your heart and hide there, like some
12 A Day at a Time
precious secret between you and God, As thy
days, so shall thy strength be.
Notice carefully, however, how the promise
runs. Not, mark you, as your life is, not as
your years are, not even as your weeks are, but
as your days, so shall your strength be. For
each day as it comes, God s promise is that
strength will be given you, but just for a day at
a time. The way to live under any circumstances,
but especially in these hard weeks, is just a day
at a time. Leave to-morrow with God, my
brother, until it comes. That is what the Word
of God lays upon you as a duty. Live this day
at your best and bravest, trusting that God s
help will not fail you. And for the duties and
trials of to-morrow, however hard and heavy,
believe that strength for that day also will be
given you, when it comes.
You cannot have failed to observe what an
important place this way of living had in the
teaching of Jesus Christ. He was always trying
to get men to trust the coming days to God, and
to live fully worthily and nobly to-day. He was
dead against the practice of adding to the burdens
of to-day fears and forebodings for to-morrow. It
is in love to us, in His desire to save us unnecessary
pain, that He bids us remember that " sufficient
unto the day is the evil thereof."
A Day at a Time 13
In one of R. D. Blackmore s fine open-air
stories, there is a character who talks at length
about horses. After comparing good ones and
bad ones in their behaviour the first time they
breast a hill with a load behind them, he sums
the matter up thus : " Howsoever good a horse
be, he longeth to see over the top of the hill
before he be half-way up it." The man who is
listening to him confesses that he has often felt
that way himself ! And I do not know that
there are many of us who can claim to b^ guiltless
in this respect. Yet it is perfectly plain that the
men and women who are living the bravest and
most successful lives around us, and are proving
towers of strength to others, are those who have
learned the art of living just a day at a time, and
of depending upon God for strength for that day
in the simplest and most trustful fashion.
Why, my brothers, if God our Father had
meant us to carry on our backs the fears and
anxieties of the coming days, He would surely have
told us more about them ! If we were meant to
bear to-day what next week holds, surely we
should have been permitted to see into next
week. But we cannot. We cannot see a single
second ahead. God gives us Now, and To-
Morrow He keeps to Himself. Is there any
thing wiser or better we can do with our to-
14 A Day at a Time
morrows than just to leave them quietly and
trustfully with Him ?
The habit of living ahead, as so many of us do,
prevents us from getting the full taste and flavour
of the happiness and blessing that are ours to-day.
I defy any man to be adequately grateful for this
day s sunshine if he is worrying all the time about
the chance of a bad day to-morrow. Mark
Rutherford, merciless self-critic as he was, takes
himself severely to task for this habit in his
" Autobiography." " I learned, alas ! when it
was almost too late," he says, " to live in each
moment as it passed over my head, believing
that the sun as it is now rising, is as good as it
ever will be." Yes, in great things as well as in
little things, that is true. If we are to live our
lives at the full, and anywhere on the Christian
level, the only way is to live one day at a time.
Our forefathers in the pulpit were fond of
reminding their hearers to live each day as if it
were their last. And in solemn truth, without
being in the least morbid, that is the way to live.
If a man knew that after to-day, he would not
smell the sea again, how fully and gratefully
would he fill his lungs with its ozone to-day ! If
he knew he were not to enter God s House again,
how earnestly and sincerely and reverently he
would join in its worship to-day ! Yes, but the
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point is, why should his hope, that he has other
days to come, prevent him taking out of this
day all that he possibly can ? Why should this
day be any less prized, because others in all
probability will follow it ?
But the great value of this word is the comfort
of it to those who are anxious and fear the coming
days. And which of us is not in that category ?
I do not suppose there is one of my readers upon
whom, somehow or other, the war has not levied
its tax. Nearly every one has somebody be
longing to him or her who is in this gigantic
struggle, and whose welfare is a matter of real
concern. And, closer still, there are fathers and
mothers, sisters and brothers, whose very dearest
are " in it " or are getting ready to do their share.
They have joined, and we are proud that they
have joined, for this is a cause that ennobles every
mother s son who fights for it. But who shall say
what the mother s thoughts are, these days ?
How proud, and justly proud, the father is that
his boy has played the man, and offered himself
to his King and for his country ! But only God,
who made the father and the mother heart,
knows what the surrender costs. And only God
knows how eagerly and anxiously they look
ahead to try to see what the future may hold.
And, knowing that, He sends His comfort to
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you, fathers and mothers. The comfort of His
promise, As thy days, so shall thy strength be.
Just a day at a time, my friend ! Do not take
fears for next month on your shoulders now.
You will get strength given you for to-day, certain
and sure, and when next month comes, the
strength and comfort for that day will come too,
as certain and as sure. Be not over-anxious
about the morrow. Leave your to-morrow, and
your soldier-son, in God s hands. You can do
nothing more at the best, and this is the best.
But it is such a mistake to do anything less.
Leave all your to-morrows with God it is what
He wants you to do and humbly and gratefully
take from His hands His gift of To-day, and the
strength that comes with it. If that be not
enough and it is not enough for God has said
more when that is not enough, still your heart
a moment, and listen ! And you will hear,
beneath that promise for to-day, like the grand
deep tones of an organ, the magnificent diapason
of the Father s constant love and mindfulness,
" The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath
are the everlasting arms." And surely that is
" So for To-morrow and its needs
I do not pray,
But keep me, guide me, help me, Lord,
Just for To-Day."
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O Lord our God, who dost appoint the way
for each of us, give us the grace to trust that as
Thou hast helped us hitherto, so, in Thy great
mercy, Thou wilt bless us still. We do not ask
to see the distant scene. Keep us, and our
beloved, this day ; and in quietness and con
fidence teach us to leave to-morrow with Thee,
our Father. Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
" The Spirit of life was in
(EZEKIEL i. 21.)
GOD IN THE WHEELS
THE prophet Ezekiel once had an extraordinary
vision of God. He tries to tell us about it, but
his description seems to be a meaningless jumble
of cherubim, and wheels, wheels within wheels,
complex, wonderful, unresting. Behind all, he
saw the Glory of God. And again and again he
tells us that " the Spirit of Life was in the wheels."
Now that at least is intelligible, and it is a good
thing for us to think about. The Spirit of God is
in the wheels.
I want to suggest to you that He is in the wheels
of industry. We have no hesitation in saying
that God gives the farmer his harvest, and we
actually thank Him for it in His temple. A
shepherd with a lamb in his arms is for a pastoral
people like the Jews the very image of the Saviour
God. But men who dwell in towns, and work in
mills and factories and yards and railways, or
who control or manage such places, have little to
do with either corn or sheep. Is it not worth
while to remind them that God is also in the
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wheels ? Do you remember how Kipling s old
chief engineer Macandrew believed that his twin
monsters, driving the liner onward on her way,
sang their hourly hymn of praise to God ? And
why not ? From all the wheels of industry and
man s inventiveness, goes there not up to Him
a praise as real as the song of His little birds ?
Where two or three gather together on Lord s
days, God is truly and graciously present. But
I want you to remember that out in the noisy
moving world of industry and business, God is
present also, guiding, controlling and bringing
His long, long plans to pass. It is by His decree
that all the countless wheels of traffic and pro
duction turn and spin, for He needs them all,
and has brought them into being by the hands
of men, and they are His, as the Church is His.
I would not have you, as Christian men, look
upon your week-day world with its mechanism
and its traffic, that world of yours that goes so
literally upon wheels, as a province of life very
far remote from the presence of God. I would
remind you rather that God s spirit is in those
wheels, that they move at His bidding, and that
they are working out His purposes upon the
I would suggest, further, that God is in those
wheels whose turning brings us Change. If you
20 God in the Wheels
will allow the figure, I would say that God is in
the wheels of Change and time.
As we grow older, we resent more and more
the constant alteration of the surroundings of
life. It saddens us that there should be such a
continual moving on. But perhaps it is in the
realm of doctrine and practice that changes hurt
and perplex us most. Godly old customs die
out. The face of truth seems to alter. Old
notes in religion disappear and new ones take
their place, and we are sorely tempted to ask if
it be possible that the children can know God
better or serve His Christ more truly than their
fathers. Ah yes, from forty years and upwards,
men are very apt to have a quarrel with change.
They resent it, and would spike Time s wheels if
Forgetting that the Spirit of God is in those
very wheels. Change is God s method and His
blessing. The Bible does not envy the man who
has no changes. It is afraid for him, afraid that
for want of them, he may settle on his lees, and
forget the fear of God.
Of course, no one will defend every new fashion,
or assert that everything recent is an improve
ment on what went before. But I, for one, do
believe that generation after generation men are
moving up, being shepherded up, the long slope of
God in the Wheels 21
history nearer to God. I believe that God s
promise is that He will do better for us than at
the beginnings, and I believe He is keeping His
promise. I must believe that the history of this
world which man rough hews, is spite of all the
wars being shaped by God Himself, or else
there is no God at all. And so I would say to
those who distrust the continual changes of life,
and would fain stop the wheels that turn on and
on and never halt, " Fear not ! Be of good
courage ! For aback of all change is God our
Father, and it is His Spirit that is working in the
Again, I would suggest to you that God is in
the wheels that shape your own lot and mine.
The wheels of Chance, they are sometimes called,
the mere whirligig of destiny, as if the world were
some blind irresponsible machine grinding on in
the dark, and heeding not which or how many
lives were broken in its teeth.
And I grant you that there be times when that
idea seems feasible. For life is full of mysterious
happenings, and chance sometimes seems the
most probable explanation. The tragedy of Job
is always being played somewhere. There are
men who up to a certain point in life have known
nothing but good fortune, and after that, nothing
but disappointment and disaster. Out of a
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blue sky the bolt may fall on any one ; while
from clouds lowering and heavy, it is waited for,
expected and dreaded and never comes ! The
merest knife-edge of circumstance sometimes
affects results out of all proportion to its import
ance. " A grain of sand in a man s flesh " as
Pascal remarks, " has changed the course of
Empires." Yes, I grant you, there be times
when the blind chance theory does suggest itself.
But by an overwhelming majority the instinct
of man is against it. And best of all, Jesus Christ,
our supreme authority, has pledged Himself in
His life and death, that the Ruler and Disposer
of all events is Eternal Love. We have learned
from Jesus to say and to trust " Our Father who
art in Heaven." We know and believe that
whatever is to come falls not by chance, but is
sent and permitted by the Love of God, who makes
no mistakes. Taught and inspired by Jesus,
many thousands of men and women have com
mitted themselves and all their interests home,
health, happiness, reputation, loved ones to
the keeping of God the Father, and known by the
peace that came to them, that it was a real
Soulless wheels of destiny ! say some. The
blind mechanism of law ! Ah, no, Jesus is the
refutation of that. Law there is, and mechanism
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there must be. But neither blind nor soulless.
For, above all, is the Father Love of God, and it
is His spirit that is guiding and governing the
Wheels of Industry, Wheels of Change, Wheels
of Destiny. And God s Spirit in them all !
O Lord our God, to whom not only the Church
but our whole work-a-day world belongs, give
us the purged sight that can see Thy tokens
there. Deliver us from all foolish fear of changes
since the goad moving all things onward is in
our Father s hand. And help us to be sure that
whatsoever befalleth us and ours has been per
mitted and appointed by a Love that passeth
" The just shall live by faith.
(ROMANS i. 17.)
A TRIPLE BEST
SOME time ago I came across the life-motto of
George Stephenson, the " father of the loco
motive," as he has been called, the man whose
brains and sagacity made possible the network
of railways which spreads now over the earth.
The crystallised experience of such a life is worth
studying Here, then, was Stephenson s work
ing formula : " Make the best of everything ; /
think the best of everybody ; hope the best for/
First, MAKE THE BEST OF EVERYTHING. In
every set of circumstances possible or conceivable,
there are always, at any rate, two ways of acting.
You can look for the helpful, bright, and hopeful
things, and " freeze on " to these meantime.
Or, you can select all the doleful, sombre aspects,
and sit down in the dust with them. Now, if it
did not matter which a man did, there would be
no good saying any more. But it has long since
become abundantly clear that the man who
makes the best of his circumstances, however
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hard they be, comes most happily out of them in
the end. In other words, it pays to make the
best of things. It is the cheery people who recover
quickest when they are sick. There are men
who, if their house should fall in ruins about
them, will contrive some sort of shelter meantime
with the broken beams ! That is the type that
wins out in the end somehow ; these are the men
to whom the miracles happen who never know
when they are beaten, who will face the most
tremendous odds with " the half of a broken
hope " for a shield, who are never done until they
are dead. What makes for success or failure in a
man is nothing external to him at all. It is
something within him. It is the temper of
his spirit. It is the way he captains his own
The other day I saw a photograph of a back
yard. It was a little bit of a place, of the most
forlorn appearance, littered with tin cans, over
grown with weeds, and hemmed round with
blank walls of brick. But it came into the
hands of a man who believed in making the best
of things. Another photograph showed that
same backyard after a year had passed. It was
still as small as ever, still overlooked by high
walls and surrounded by chimneys. But it was
now a perfect little oasis of beauty amid a
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wilderness of bricks and slates. Will anybody
deny that that spirit pays ?
Right up the scale, from little things to the
highest things, the man who looks for the shining
possibilities and follows them, is the man on whom,
in our short-sighted way, we say that Fortune
smiles. Rather, he smiles in such a determined
way to Fortune, that she has at length to smile
Nobody pretends that it is easy, when we have
failed, to gather our powers together and try
again. But nearly all the big men have had to
do that very thing. It certainly is not easy,
when you have a heavy burden of your own, to
spare a cheery word or a hand of sympathy for
somebody who is really much better off, but there
are plenty of people doing it at this moment.
Nero s palace is the last place in this world where
you would expect to find a company of loyal
Christian folk. Yet there were such people
there, " the saints of Caesar s household." And
the grace of God that made that possible can
achieve all these lesser wonders too.
Second, THINK THE BEST OF EVERYBODY.
There is a winsome legend that Jesus once
revealed Himself in this way : A knot of idlers
had gathered in the street round a dead dog.
One remarked how mangy and unkempt its hide
A Triple Best 27
was. Another said, " What ugly ears ! " But a
stranger, who had come forward, said, " Pearls
are not whiter than its teeth ! " And men said
to one another, " This must be Jesus of Nazareth,
for nobody but He would find something good
even in a dead dog." Certainly it is the mark
of the most Christlike men and women that they
delight rather in emphasising the merest speck
of goodness than in denouncing the too visible
evil. We can, all too easily, see the fault in
another. What we cannot see is the heart of the
defaulter, the weight of temptation he struggled
under, and his bitter inner penitence. " Granted,"
as Carlyle says, " the ship comes into harbour
with shrouds and tackle damaged ; the pilot is
blameworthy. He has not been all-wise and all-
powerful. But, to know how blameworthy, tell
us first whether his voyage has been round the
globe, or only to Ramsgate and the Isle of Dogs."
The way to get the best out of people is to
think the best about them. Let a man see that
you have good hopes of him, and recognise what
is best in him, and, in ways of which science can
give no explanation, you add to his chances of
reaching better things. In any case, who would
not wish to stand on Christ s side rather than on
Judas s. " This ointment might have been sold
for three hundred pence and given to the poor."
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That is Judas. " Let her alone. Why trouble
ye her ? She hath wrought a good work in me.
She hath done what she could." That is Jesus
Third, Don t leave yourself out of the picture.
HOPE THE BEST FOR YOURSELF. George Eliot,
in her " Scenes of Clerical Life," gives, in one
chapter, an account of how the Rev. Amos Barton
is criticised and discussed in his parish. In the
next chapter we see the Rev. Amos himself
going on his way blissfully unconscious of the
poor opinion in which he is held, believing quite
honestly in himself, and not a little proud of his
abilities. We are poor plants," says this keen
student of character, " buoyed up by the air
vessels of our own conceit." And a blessed thing,
too, when you think of it ! If we only knew all
the disparaging remarks people make about us,
we should never face up to our duties at all.
What helps us along is our innocent belief in our
powers, in the esteem in which we are held our
little conceits, if you like. Since they send us to
our tasks with more spirit, and keep us at them
with more determination, aren t they good things
in their way ? They are indeed just a lower form
of that hope that we are speaking of Hope s
If these are of such value, how much more
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pure quiet steady Hope itself, purged of all pride
and undue self-esteem ? Hope the best for
yourself, and you are already a good way on the
road to it. Suggestion is a tremendously power
ful instrument, even when you make it yourself.
By self suggestion, the psychologists tell us, you
can influence your actions, your character, and
your general outlook in a wonderful fashion,
either to your advantage or your hurt. There
fore, they say, be careful never to suggest evil
to yourself. Never say to yourself, "I m going
to make a mess of this," or " I am not fit for that."
Suggest success, happiness, health, and you
beckon them to you. Hope the best for yourself,
and you pave the way for its coming.
On higher planes, the same holds true. Hope
on, and, though you fall you will rise again.
Believe that you will be enabled to face your
trouble or temptation, and you will be brought
through it somehow. Even when the end of life
is near, hope still, for beyond this best there is a
better, and God s road winds uphill all the way.
But, you say, this is just faith. I know it is.
Run your hopes for yourself up as high as you
can reach, and they will touch God and become
faith. That is why you are to hope the best for
yourself. Because God. Because God the
Father loves you, and desires the best for you
30 A Triple Best
too. I believe in the optimism which Stephenson s
motto embodies, because I believe in the Father
hood of God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
That is why I counsel you to go on hoping that
the best is yet to be. Not that we can earn it at
all, or that we deserve it at all. But because
God, our Father. And, for the daring and faith
of that saying, this sufficient ground. Because
Help us all, Heavenly Father, to meet the
discipline of life with stouter hearts. May we
all try harder to cultivate the Christ-like mark
of charity. And spite of our many sins and
shortcomings, and our poor love of Thee, grant
us the courage to believe that all things, in Thy
great Love for us, are working together for our
good. We ask it for Jesus sake. Amen.
" He that obsevveth the wind
shall not sow, and he that
regardeth the clouds shall not
(ECCLESIASTES ii. 4.)
WHEN a man like the writer of Ecclesiastes
gives his views on life, it is worth everybody s
while to listen. A tabloid of experience is worth
a ton of theory. And it is from his own know
ledge of men and experience of life that he has
discovered that " he that observe th the wind
shall not sow, and he that regardeth the clouds
shall not reap."
Was ever a temper of mind, that we all know
something about, more neatly hit off than that ?
You can see the very picture which this wise
preacher had before his eyes. Agricola was a
farmer in his parish who would not sow his fields
unless the wind was blowing soft and gentle
from a certain direction, and the clouds were just
as he wished to see them. He held there was no
hope of a harvest unless wind and clouds were
right. And I observed, says the wise man, that
Agricola, my farmer friend, waiting for the exactly
suitable conditions, never got his seed in at all.
He was speaking chiefly about benevolence
32 Finical Farming
and charity when he used this figure. And that
is one reason why we need to give heed to it.
For ours is an age of charity. We give more to
the poor and needy to-day than ever any nation
gave before. It is said, indeed, that a good deal
of our giving is not very wise. Our charities
overlap. The truly necessitous are forgotten,
and the improvident, the lazy, and the wasteful
reap the largest share. Certainly that is one of
the perils of charity- giving. But I question very
much if, in our efforts to avoid it, we are not
running the risk of falling into a graver mistake
still, namely, of observing the wind overmuch
before we sow. If I refuse to give my mite for
Christ s sake till I have made perfectly certain
that it will not be misused, if we withhold our
subscription from a charity till we are assured that
it is managed in the very most economical fashion,
it will end in us giving nothing at all. There is,
of course, a reasonable amount of inquiry that is
not only legitimate but necessary. Just as there
is a regarding of the clouds before reaping which
is simply wise. But, to wait till every scruple is
satisfied, till every risk has been eliminated and
there is not a cloud in the sky, is to wait for a
state of matters that may be long enough in
coming. Meantime the needy person may die ;
or the corn blacken in the fields.
Finical Farming 33
Charity, however, is but a small part of Christian
benevolence. The law of Christ says " neigh
bour " whether he be poor or not. He is in
trouble, and I feel inclined to visit him. Must
I wait till I am sure he will not misunderstand my
motive ? I have it in my heart to forgive him.
Shall I defer the reconciliation till I am convinced
he will not offend again ? Or I have hurt and
offended him, and wish to apologise. Had I not
better wait till I know that he will not reject my
advances ? The wise man s answer to all these
questions is an emphatic No. If you wait for all
that, he says, you will wait too long, and the
chance will go past. Wait till the wind and the
clouds are just as you would wish them, and you
will neither sow nor reap at all.
What to do, then ? The wise man answers :
" In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening
withhold not thy hand, for thou knowest not
whether shall prosper, either this or that, or
whether they both shall be alike good." Just
because you can never fully calculate what the
result of your labours may be, give up trying.
Don t trouble about it, but do what comes to
your hand at the time. If it is sowing time,
don t wait for the perfect day. If the weather
will do at all, sow thy seed in the morning, and
in the evening do not stop. In other words,
34 Finical Farming
Take life more royally. Do not be deterred by
its ordinary risks. Seize your chance like a
brave man. You do not know, of course, whether
that seed you sow will prosper or not. But sow
it, all the same. Don t let the fact that you
don t know cause you to hold your hand. It is
just because you do not know but that the kind
ness which you offer your neighbour may be ill-
requited, that there is a royal free-handed self-
forge tf ulness in offering it. That a man should
live his life and do his good deeds with a certain
dash and carelessness of consequence that, the
Preacher thought the ideal of noble living. And
when we measure it by the standard of Him who
said, Do good and lend, hoping for nothing again,
it does not seem to come so very far short.
For, of course, there are the continual surprises
that life holds for faith. If only the corn reaped
when the clouds were just right was safely gathered
in, then indeed we might feel that we could not be
too careful. But what do we find again and
again ? Why, we find that men who have had
the faith to sow \vhen the day was by no means
perfect have been blessed beyond their expecta
tions. We find our barns full and running over,
though we reaped on a cloudy day. We have
seen men cast their bread upon the waters, where
you would say it was certain to be lost, and find
Finical Farming 35
it again, after many days. It s perfectly true
that you don t know whether shall prosper this or
that. Yet how often have you been surprised
to find that where you thought you knew, you
were proved mistaken, and where you dealt in
faith, it stood justified beyond your dreams.
And so, the end of the matter for the Preacher
is, once more, Live your life royally, with a cer
tain loving wastefulness, and an easy disregard
of calculations. Do all the good you can, and
do it with a free hand, not asking to see your
harvest before you sow, but taking your risk of
it, and leaving the outcome with God. " Cast
your bread on the waters, and you will find it
after many days."
But what of the bread one has cast on the
waters, only to see it carried away, apparently
of no use to anybody ? What of the faith that
has not been justified ? What of the good done
to the ill-deserving, of the kindly-meant act
repaid with indignity and scorn ? It is a hard
question, not easy to answer, not fully to be
answered at all. " After many days," said the
Preacher. And there is no sign yet, we say.
Patience, brothers, patience ! God s day is not
yet done. When the days have run out to the
end, it will be time enough to say if we miss the
bread returning. We shall be better able to
36 Finical Farming
count the gains and the losses, if there are any
then, when the " days " are done.
Teach us, O Lord and Master, the high and
difficult lesson that only those who lose their
lives shall truly find them. Show us that the
manna hoarded in miserly fashion is always
touched by Thy curse. In small things as in
great, may this be a token that we are Thy
disciples, that virtue also goeth out of us.
" But when Jesus heard
that, he said unto them, they
that be whole need not a
physician, but they that are
(MATTHEW ix. 12.)
JESUS is Himself the best witness as to what He
was, and what He wished to do for men. It is
a fact, moreover, for which we cannot be too
thankful that, in explaining Himself, Jesus used
not the language of doctrine, but living figures
and symbols which the humblest and youngest
could not fail to understand.
When, for example, He compared Himself to a
shepherd leaving the ninety and nine in the fold
and braving the darkness and the steep places
that he might bring back the one that had
wandered, He opens a window into His own
love for men which is worth pages of description.
For those who are familiar with the daily life and
work of a shepherd, it means a great deal that
Jesus waits to be the Shepherd of men.
But, in these very different days of ours, there
are multitudes in streets and tenements who
have never seen a shepherd, and know not what
manner of life is his. So that one is glad
that Jesus gave Himself other names as well.
38 The Doctor
When Matthew Arnold met the pale-faced preacher
in the slums of Bethnal Green, and asked him how
" Bravely," he said, " f or I of late have been
Much cheered with thoughts of Christ, the
If that name for Christ brought him comfort,
another preacher may be allowed to confess that
he has often been cheered and helped by the
thought of Jesus as the Good Physician. I am
glad that in effect, at least, if not in actual words,
He called Himself by that name.
This is His apology for consorting with publicans
and sinners, for being so accessible to those who
had lost caste and character. He says it is the
sick who need a Physician, not those who are
well. And His defence implies that Jesus re
garded Himself as being in a true sense a Physician,
not for outward ills merely, but for the whole
man, body, mind, and spirit.
The days were, as you know, when priest and
physician were one calling ; and it is doubtless
to the advantage of both vocations that their
spheres are now distinct. But it may be, and
I think it is, unfortunate that Jesus should be
regarded by many as so entirely identified with
the priestly side of life and the priestly calling.
It is beyond question that a faithful priest is,
The Doctor 39
in his degree, a mirror of Christ, and helps men
to see Him more clearly. But it is also true
and a truth worth underlining in these days
that the Doctor, too, is a symbol of what Christ
means to be to men nay, more, that there are
respects in which the figure of a beloved physician
of to-day comes nearer to the reality of the
living human Christ than any other calling in the
It is a sure and unique place which the Doctor
holds in the esteem and confidence of the com
munity. He is the most accessible of all pro
fessional men, the most implicitly trusted, and,
I think, the best beloved. At all hours of the
day and night he is ready to give his services to
those who need him. His mere presence in the
sick room inspires confidence. In the poor dis
tricts of town and city especially, he is more really
the friend and confidant and helper of everybody
than any other person whatever. As no other
man does, the Doctor goes about continually
doing good. His life is a constant self-sacrifice
for his fellow-men. He wears himself out in the
interests of the needy. He runs risks daily from
which other men flee. He asks not to be
ministered unto, but to minister, and often and
literally he gives his life a ransom for many.
And I do not know what we have been think-
40 The Doctor
ing of that we have not oftener made use of
this as Christ s claim for Himself, that we have
not told the ignorant and the very poor especi
ally, who know far more about the Doctor than
they do about the Church, who are, in fact, shy
of all that is priestly, but who do understand
and appreciate the Doctor, I say, I do not know
why we have not oftener told them to forget that
Jesus is the King and Head of the Church and
remember only that He is the best of all Physicians.
That Christ is compassionate, sympathetic, and
approachable, like the Doctor, would be veritable
good news to many a poor ignorant soul who is
mightily afraid of His priests.
The word which comes to our lips when we
seek to characterise the life and work of the true
Doctor is Christlike. And big as the title is, it
is deserved. In sacrifice and self-forgetfulness,
in his care most for those who most need him,
in the way he identifies himself with his patient,
bearing with, because understanding, his weakness
and petulance and fears, and seeking all the while
only to heal and help and save him, there is no
more Christlike character or calling in the modern
world than the Doctor.
I am the happy possessor of an engraving
a gift from one whose calling is to teach doctors
of Luke Fildes famous picture. Most of you
The Doctor 41
doubtless are familiar with it. It represents the
interior of a humble home where a little child
lies critically ill. The father and mother, dis
tracted with grief, have yielded their place beside
the couch to the Doctor, who sits watching and
waiting, all-absorbed in the little one s trouble.
It is a noble face, strong, compassionate, resource
ful, gentle ; and if the Eternal Christ of God is to
be represented to us in His strength and gentle
ness by any human analogy or likeness whatever,
as He wished to be, and indeed must be, no finer
figure could be found, I think, than that, none
more certain to draw out the reverence and
gratitude and trust of men.
Men of all grades and classes appeal to and trust
the Doctor. But how many of them realise that
Jesus desires that men should come to Him and
trust His willingness to help and save them, just
as they would do to some good physician ? How
many men who have found comfort by taking
their fears and forebodings to the Doctor and
hearing his authoritative "Go in peace ! " know
or realise that just so would Jesus have us bring
Him our unworthiness and shame and sin ?
Jesus never preached at those whom His com
passion drew to Him. He never lectured them,
He just helped them, and that at once. He
lifted them to their feet and gave them a new
42 The Doctor
hope. He, straightway, in God s name, assured
them of forgiveness.
Ah, if men only understood that Jesus is to be
found to-day down among the world s burdened
and weary souls, not as a Priest begirt with
ceremony and aloof from daily life, but as a
Physician, approachable, helpful, human, who
sees and pities their weakness, and longs to save
them and help them to their best. If men only
understood that !
We come to Thee, Thou Good Physician, with
all our ills and fears. We would whisper in
Thine ear the troubles that frighten and shame
us. Surely Thou wilt hear. Draw near us in
Thy strength and Pity, and in Thy Mercy heal
us all. Amen.
" Whatsoever thy hand findeth
to do, do it with thy might,
for there is no work nor device
nor knowledge nor wisdom in
the grave whither thou goest."
(ECCLESIASTES ix. IO.)
WELL AND NOW
IN popular and condensed form, the golden rule
according to Ecclesiastes is, "Do it well and do
it now." His own words are, " Whatsoever thy
hand findeth to do, do it with thy might, for
there is no work nor device nor knowledge nor
wisdom in the grave whither thou goest/ We
want to let that precept soak into our minds for
Do IT WELL. " Whatsoever thy hand findeth
to do, do it with thy might/ Among the lesser
joys of life there are few that thrill one with a
more pleasurable sense of satisfaction than that
which goes with the bit of work finished, rounded-
off and done as well as one can do it. No matter
what the job may be, if it is worth doing at
all, or if it is one s business to do it, it is not
difficult to recognise in the curious inward glow
over its honourable completion, a token of God s
good pleasure, some far-off echo of His " Well
done ! "
It is a truism which never loses its point that
44 Well and Now
it is enthusiasm that commands success. In her
weird book called "Dreams," Olive Schreiner
tells the parable of an artist who painted a beauti
ful picture. On it there was a wonderful glow
which drew the admiration of all his compeers,
but which none could imitate. The other painters
said, Where did he get his colours ? But though
they sought rich and rare pigments in far-off
Eastern lands they could not catch the secret of
it. One day the artist was found dead beside his
picture, and when they stripped him for his
shroud they found a wound beneath his heart.
Then it dawned upon them where he had got his
colour. He had painted his picture with his own /
heart s blood ! It is the only way to paint it, if
the picture is to be worth while at all. If we
would have the work that we do live and count,
our heart s blood must go into it. Whatsoever
thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might.
What magnificent heart-stirring examples are
coming to us every day just now, from sea and
battle-field, of the good old British virtue of
sticking in gamely to the end and " seeing the
thing through ! " If the stories of the old English
Admirals are calculated, as Stevenson says, to
" send bank clerks back with more heart and
spirit to their book-keeping by double entry,"
shall not the story that unfolds day by day of
Well and Now 45
what our own kith and kin are doing, nerve and
inspire us all to " do OUR bit," to face up to OUR
duty, humdrum and ordinary though it be, with
the same grit and energy, with the same deter
mination to see it through, and make as good a
job of it as we can ?
The Preacher has his reason for this advice.
Because, he says, some day you will have to stop
and lay down your tools, and that will be the end.
No more touching botched work after that. No
going back to lift dropped stitches then. Such
as it is, your record will have to stand as you
leave it, when Death raps at your door. Even
for us in this Christian age, this ancient Preacher s
reason still stands valid and solemn. Do what
you are at now as well as ever you can, for you
shall pass that way no more again for ever.
The Apostle Paul, who expresses practically
the same sentiment, gives a different reason.
" Whatever ye do," he writes to the Colossians,
"do it heartily as to the Lord." And that is the
point for you and me. Not merely because we
have a limited time to work, but because our work
is Christ s service, we must do it heartily, with
all our might. It is to the Lord. To us all in our
different labours, in the things we work at day
by day, and the worthy interests we endeavour
to support, there comes this call that transforms
46 Well and Now
the very commonest duty into an honourable
obligation to a personal living Master Whatever
ye do, do it heartily as to the Lord.
Yes, and DO IT NOW. For the amount of
misery and suffering and remorse that is directly
due to putting off the God-given impulse or
generous purpose to some other season, is simply
incalculable. If all the kind letters had been
written when the thought of writing was fresh
and insistent ah me, how many burdened souls
would have been the braver and the stronger. If
only the friendly visit had been paid when we
thought about it and why wasn t it ? " Never
suppose," says Bagshot, " that you can make up
to a neglected friend by going to visit him in a
hospital. Repent on your own death-bed, if you
like, but not on another s."
An old writer on agriculture says that there are
seasons when if the husbandman misses a day he
falls a whole year behind. But in life the result
is often more serious still. When you miss the
day, you miss it for ever. Wherefore, let us hear
the words of the Preacher. If we have a kind
purpose in our heart towards any living soul,
let us do it now. If we think of beginning a
better way of living, let us begin now. If we
propose to end our days sworn and surrendered
servants and soldiers of the Lord Jesus Christ,
Well and Now 47
let us volunteer now, for this is the day of
It is said that a great English moralist had
engraved on his watch the words, " The night
cometh," so that whenever he looked at the time
he might be reminded of the preciousness of the
passing moment. The night cometh. How far
away it may be, or how near to any one of us,
no one of us knows. But near or far it cometh
with unhalting step. Wherefore, whatsoever the
thing be that is in your heart to do, great or
little, for yourself or for others, for man or for
God Do IT NOW !
O Lord our God, by whose command it is that
man goeth forth to his work and his labour until
the evening, grant us all a more earnest regard
for the sacredness of each passing moment, and
help us to do with our whole heart whatsoever
our hand findeth to do. For Jesus sake. Amen.
"And he washed his face,
and went out, and refrained
himself, and said, Set on bread."
(GENESIS xliii. 31.)
THE " WASHEN FACE " IN WAR TIME
THAT is what Joseph did when his feelings nearly
overmastered him at the sight of his brother
Benjamin standing before him, all unconscious
of who he was. He " sought where to weep,"
says the record with quaint matter-of-factness,
for of course he did not want his brothers to see
him weeping just yet. So "he entered into his
chamber and wept there." But Joseph s secret
affections being thus recognised and allowed their
expression, he had a duty to perform. He put
a curb upon his feelings. He took a firm grip of
himself. He " washed his face and went out, and
refrained himself, and said, Set on bread." One
cannot help admiring that. It was a fine thing
And there are two classes of people in our own
time in whom one sees this same attitude, and
never without a strange stirring of heart.
The first and most honourable are those who
have already tasted of the sorrows of war and
lost some dear one in the service of King and
The " Washen Face " in War Time 49
country. We speak of the courage and sacrifice
of our men, and we cannot speak too highly or
too gratefully about that. But there is something
else that runs it very close, if it does not exceed
it, and that is the quiet heroism and endurance
of many of those who have been bereaved. Time
and again one sees them facing up to all life s
calls upon them with a marvellous spirit of self-
restraint. God only knows how sad and sore
their loss is. And upon what takes place when
they enter into their chamber and shut the door
and face their sorrow alone with God, it does not
beseem us to intrude. Such sorrow is a sacred
thing, but at least we know, and are glad to know,
that God Himself is there as He is nowhere else.
It is never wrong and never weak to let the tears
come before Him. As a father understands, so
does He know all about it. As a mother com-
forteth, so does the touch of His Hand quieten
But what fills one with reverent admiration is
that so many of those whose hearts we know have
been so cruelly wounded have set up a new and
noble precedent in the matter of courage and
self-control. They are not shirking any of the
duties of life. They are claiming no exemptions
on the ground of their sorrow, and they excuse
themselves from no duty merely because it
50 The "Washen Face" in War Time
would hurt. They wear their hurt gently like a
flower in the breast. They carry their sorrow
like a coronet. Out from their secret chambers
they come, with washen face and brave lips to
do their duty and refrain themselves. How
beautiful it is ! What a fine thing to see ! The
sorrowing mother of a noble young fellow I am
proud to have known, said to a friend recently
who was marvelling at her fortitude, " My boy
was very brave and I must try to be brave, too,
for his sake." Dear, gentle mother ! One cannot
speak worthily about a spirit so sweet and gracious
as that. One can only bow the head and breathe
the inward prayer, " God send thee peace, brave
heart ! " But, surely, to accept sorrow in that
fashion is to entertain unawares an angel of God !
The feeling which underlies this new etiquette
of sorrow with the washen face is not very easily
put into words. But it rests, I think, upon the
dim sense that the death which ends those young
lives on this noble field of battle is something
different from the ordinary bleak fact of mortality.
If death is ever glorious, it is when it comes to
the soldier fighting for a pure and worthy cause.
There is something more than sorrow, there is
even a quiet and reverent pride in the remem
brance that the beloved life was given as "a
ransom for many." When one thinks what we
The " Washen Face" in War Time 51
are fighting for, one can hardly deny to the fallen
the supreme honour of the words " for Christ s
sake." And it is not death to fall so. Rather
is it the finding of life larger and more glorious
still. It is that that marks the war-mourners of
to-day as a caste royal and apart. It is that that
moves so many of them by an inward instinct to
wear their sorrow royally. Hidden in the heart
of their grief is a tender and wistful pride. Lowell
has put this feeling into very fine words :
" I, with uncovered head,
Salute the sacred dead,
Who went and who return not
Say not so.
Tis not the grapes of Canaan that repay,
But the high faith that fails not by the way.
Virtue treads paths that end not in the grave ;
No bar of endless night exiles the brave,
And, to the saner mind,
We rather seem the dead that stayed behind."
The other class who are teaching us a new and
better way to bear burdens are the friends at
home of those who are on active service. Men,
with sons in the trenches, are going about our
streets these days almost as if nothing were
happening, making it a point of honour not to
let the lurking fear in their hearts have any
outward expression. Wives and mothers and
sisters are filling their hands and their hearts full
52 The " Washen Face " in War Time
of duties, and putting such a brave face on life
that you would never suspect they have a chamber
that could tell a different tale. It is absolutely
splendid. There is no other word for it. I
walked a street-length with a young wife recently
whose man has been ill and out of the fight for a
while. She hoped that he might have been sent
home, and who can blame her ? but he has gone
back to the trenches instead. And how bravely
and quietly she spoke of it ! Pride, a true and
noble pride in her beloved soldier, a resolute
endeavour to do her difficult bit as uncom
plainingly and willingly as he it seemed to me
that I saw all that in her brave smile. And I said
to myself, " Here is the cult of the washen face !
And a noble cult too ! Britain surely deserves
to win when her women carry their crosses so ! "
It is easy, of course, to read the thought in
their minds. Our men, they say, are splendid,
why should we be doleful and despondent ? They
have made a new virtue of cheerfulness ; let us
try to learn it too. They have offered everything
in a cause which it is an honour to help in any
degree ; let us lay beside theirs the worthy
sacrifice of the washen face and a brave restraint.
Such, I imagine, is the unconscious kind of reason
ing which results in the resolute and cheerful bear
ing you may see on all sides of you every day.
The " Washen Face" in War Time 53
And wherever it is seen, it carries its blessing
with it. Others with their own private burdens
and anxieties are encouraged to hold on to that
hope and cheerfulness which are just the homely
side of our faith in God and in the righteousness
of our cause.
The cult of the washen face is contagious. It
spreads like a beneficent stain. And since it is
entirely praiseworthy, we can but wish it to
spread more and more. Those who come out
from the chambers where they have kept company
with sorrow or anxiety, to face life and duty with
shining face and mastered feelings, are not only
proving their faith in the Divine Strength, they
are making a precious contribution to the moral
stedfastness of the nation.
" And he washed his face and went out and
refrained himself." Good man !
We bless Thee, God, for the assurance that
Thine ear is ever open to our cry, that it is never
wrong to take our sorrows and our cares to Thee.
But help us also, endowed with Thy strength in
our secret chambers, to bear our burdens bravely
in the sight of men. For Thy Name s sake.
" But few things are needful,
or one." R. V. (margin).
(LUKE X. 42.)
THE REAL MARTHA
WHEN Jesus said, upon one occasion, that He
;had not where to lay His head, He was speaking
the bitter and literal truth. He had really no
home of His own, but was everywhere a wanderer,
dependent on others for shelter and food ; and
though the New Testament draws a veil over all
the hardships which that entailed even in the
hospitable East, imagination can picture some
thing at least of what the homelessness of Jesus
must have meant.
But He had close and warm friends who made
it up to Him as far as friends could, and of these
were the two sisters, Martha and Mary, who with
I their brother, Lazarus, had a house in Bethany.
This place was His haven and shelter, for
" Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus."
The sisters were unlike in disposition. Mary, we
can imagine, was dreamy, meditative, perhaps a
little delicate and fragile, and gifted with a
quick and loving sympathy. Martha was robust,
practical, energetic. Her way of showing the
The Real Martha 55
Master that she considered it an honour to have
Him for a guest was to give Him the very best
that her housewifely skill could suggest. No
trouble was too much for her. And it is very
possible that one of the charms which this home
had for Jesus one of the qualities which made
it a real place of rest was its well-ordered arrange
ments, the quiet, efficient, capable way in which
things were done. And whose was the credit for
that ? Martha s.
What would that household have been like
without Martha ? And what would any home that
is fortunate enough to have a Martha in it,
be like without her ? The truth is our debt to
the Marthas is one which we have never fully
acknowledged. You would imagine, hearing the
way in which her name is sometimes used, that it
has an apologetic character, as if the making of a
home comfortable and homelike were a gift to be
lightly esteemed in comparison, for example, with
the ability to write verse ! It is foolish to play
Mary of against her sister in this way. Martha
did what she could do best, and showed her love
for Christ in that fashion, and you may be quite
sure that He understood. Mary served Him in
her way, by giving Him what He needed more at
times than food a heart to listen to His message,
and a sympathy which made the telling of it
5<3 The Real Martha
meat and drink to Him. Each sister was the
complement of the other.
rBut we wrong Martha, of course, in thinking
of her as always in the kitchen. Certainly when
there was a meal to be prepared you would find
her there, and well that was for the household
and the servants. But nobody is always eating
or thinking about eating ; and often of an evening,
doubtless, when the labours of the day were over,
Martha would join her sister at the feet of the
Master whom she loved as much as Mary did.
The incident which has given rise to the popular
misconception of Martha s character occurred dur
ing a visit which Jesus paid in the days before
Lazarus fell sick. Something went wrong in
Martha s department that day. Perhaps it was
a mistake of a servant that irritated the usually
self-controlled Martha, or maybe some oversight
of her own. At anyrate, it set up a condition of
worry which straightway began to add to itself,
as its habit is, seven other devils. And as Martha
went out and in the dining chamber getting
things ready, the sight of Mary sitting there at
the Master s feet doing nothing, struck her, per
haps for the first time, as rather out of place.
Things began to go further wrong. Just when
Martha wanted to do special honour to Jesus, the
ordinarily smooth-running wheels of that home
The Real Martha 57
began to creak and grind. Each time she entered
the room where Christ and Mary were, Martha s
steps grew brisker and more emphatic ; and then
the last straw was laid on, and the outburst came !
Martha asked Jesus if He really did not care that
Mary was leaving her to do everything. Bid her
come and help me, she said.
Of course, Jesus knew that it was for His sake
that Martha was giving herself all this trouble.
He saw, as even we can see, that this kind-hearted,
worried woman was speaking crossly, as the very
best will do at times, because she was tired and
a bit overdriven. And with a perfect and gentle
chivalry and tact He made His reply. As the
Authorised Version puts it, it jars on one, some
how. But King James translators have mis
read their text. What Jesus said was : " Martha,
Martha, you are unduly anxious and troubled.
Only a few things are necessary, or even one.
Mary has chosen a good part, and I cannot allow
you to take it from her."
Martha, remember, was making a feast worthy
of the Master, and Jesus, looking upon the various
dishes being got ready, said, in effect, I do not
really need so many as that. One would do
quite well. And I must not let you think that
Mary is doing nothing. She, too, is ministering
to me by her sympathy and her willing ear, and
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you must not take away the good part she has
Jesus was not speaking about the personal
salvation of either Mary or her sister. He was
only dealing gently with a good and true friend
of His who had not served Him as she had wished
to do. When He spoke of what was needful, He
meant needful for Himself, the Guest whom both
the sisters were seeking to honour.
He made no comparison between Martha s
service and Mary s. He did not say, as we have
read it so often, that Mary had chosen the better
part. He said, in her defence, that Mary s was
also a good part. He is not blaming Martha,
but only expostulating with her in the gentlest
fashion, and defending Mary from the charge
which Martha in her heat had made against her,
the charge of being useless, and doing nothing to
help to entertain the Master. Jesus said, She is
helping to entertain Me in her own way, and, He
added, it is a good way.
When Jesus having said that only a few things
were necessary, dropped His voice, as we may
imagine, and added "or indeed one," He may
have meant more than He seemed to say. For
there was one thing that was more than meat
to our Lord, and that was to find a soul with
heart and sympathy open to His message. And
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it may be that He felt, as He said the words,
that Mary s ministry met a need of His
deeper than that for which Martha was
catering. At anyrate, the oldest and best
versions of this Gospel give Christ s words as
we have rendered them, and they stand here,
not to be used as a peg on which to hang
doctrines, but rather as a proof of the gentle
courtesy of our Lord, of His insight into character
and motive, and of His gracious recognition of
the worth of any and every kind of service that
has love at its heart.
Martha went back to her kitchen, and Mary
remained where she was. Mary was not asked
to go and help. Martha would hav3 protested
if she had come. Martha was not called upon
to go and sit beside Mary. Each continued the
service for which she was best fitted. But each,
I think, had learned something that day. And
you and I must not leave this page of our New
Testament till we have learned it too that we
serve best when we do gladly that for which we
are best qualified ; that it belongs to our Christian
service to recognise in all loyalty that, though
others find different ways of expressing it,
theirs is a good part ; and that we must
never either belittle it or seek to take it from
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O Lord our God, Who by many diverse ways
dost bring us near to Thee, and in differing modes
and stations dost appoint our service, help us
gladly and gratefully to do the things we can do,
neither envying those whose opportunities are
greater, nor forbidding those who follow not us.
For Thy Name s sake. Amen.
" He giveth (to) His beloved
(in their) sleep."
(PSALM CXXvii. 2.)
OUR UNEARNED INCREMENT
"!T is vain for you," says the writer of the
1 2 7th Psalm, " to rise early and sit up late and
eat the bread of sorrow, for so He giveth to His
beloved (in their) sleep." That is the true reading,
and I want you to think about it. " God giveth
to His beloved while they sleep." Over and
above what you have yourself achieved, you GET
something you have never worked for. And you
get that, as it were, in your sleep. This is a
beautiful thought, and there are three people
to whom I want to offer it as God s comfort.
The first is the worried man. It is indeed
directly against worry that this psalmist sets forth
his reminder. It is not that he minimises the
need for hard work and watchful care. But he
tells the man who is feverishly burning his candle
at both ends, and consuming himself in a frenzy
of tense anxiety, to leave something for God to
do. It is as if he said, " Why so hot, little man,
why so fiercely clutching all the ropes ? Re
member that God is working too as well as you,
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working in your interest and in love for you.
When you have done your best therefore, go to
your bed and sleep with a quiet mind, for God
giveth to His beloved even so."
One can imagine how a word like that would
relax the tension and lead some persuadable
Hebrew who heard it to say, " Ah, well, I worry
far too much. After all, I am not Providence.
I am always getting a great many things I have
not wrought for. I shall worry less about securing
the good things I desire for me and mine, and
trust more to God to give them as He sees fit." If
all of us who needed this reminder just had the
sense to come to the same conclusion !
I have seen a man compass his family with so
many careful regulations and observances that
the criticism of a candid friend seemed entirely
just. " You would think," he said, " to see so-
and-so shepherding his family, that there was
no other providence than his own." You can t
be with your best beloved all the while. And you
ought to know that God too is watching even
while you sleep.
If there be some plan on which you have
set your heart, and you are over-anxious about
it, quote this text to yourself. Do your best, of
course, but, having done so, leave the outcome
with God. About a great many of the things
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over which we worry ourselves needlessly, I I
believe God s word to us is : Leave these things (
to Me. You can t work for them. And anxiety
won t bring them. But you will get them, as
you need them, just as if they came to you in
Said one hermit to another in the Egyptian
desert, as he looked at a flourishing olive tree near
his cave, " How came that goodly tree there,
brother ? For I too planted an olive, and when
I thought it wanted water, I asked God to give
it rain and the rain came, and when I thought it
wanted sun I asked God and the sun shone, and
when I deemed it needed strengthening, I prayed
and the frost came God gave me all I demanded
for my tree, as I saw fit, and yet it died." " And ^
I, brother," replied the other hermit, " I left my
tree in God s hands, for He knew what it wanted
better than I, and behold what a goodly tree it
The second man to whom I would offer the
comfort of this word of God is the man who
is disappointed. Things have gone wrong with
him. The plan on which he spent so much of
his time and energy has miscarried, and a very
different result has emerged from what he counted
on. His way, as he saw it, is blocked, and he
has had to turn aside.
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Now, there are not many things one can say
usefully to a disappointed man. And it is cruel
kindness to try to heal his hurt lightly. Never
theless, to him also the psalmist s message applies,
and what he needs to remember, that he may pick
up heart and go on again, is that God giveth to
His beloved while they sleep.
We have all had disappointments, sore enough
at the time, which after-experience proved to
have been blessings in disguise. Many a man
can point to a signal failure as the beginning of
a true success or usefulness or happiness. We did
not feel as if we were being enriched when our
plan fell through, and we were bitter and rebellious
enough at the time, it may be, but it is quite
clear to us now that God was at that very time
giving to us with both His hands.
No one, of course, can see that about any more
than a few of his disappointments. It would be
false to experience to speak as if we could But
what is manifestly true about one or two may
conceivably hold with regard to them all, if we
knew more, or could see better. And the Christian
Gospel calls us to believe and trust that that is so.
There is another Hand than ours shaping our life,
a wiser Hand. Better things are being done for
us than we can see in the meantime. And the
man whose hopes and plans have turned out
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amiss, but whose trust is still in God, is invited
by our psalmist to reason with himself thus :
" I am like a man asleep, and I do not rightly
understand at present, but I will trust that it is
not for nothing that misfortune has come, and
when I wake I shall hope to see that God has
been giving to me in love and mercy when I was
not aware of it at all."
The third man whom this text will help and
comfort is the worker, the man or woman who
is trying to do something for Christ s sake. The
Christian worker needs to be told that what he
is trying to do is not nearly all that he is doing.
What he is, is speaking as loudly as what he does
or says. There is an aroma and fragrance about
the life of the consecrated Christ-like man or
woman which sweetens and sanctifies other lives
beyond what he or she can ever know. Some of
the best sermons in the world have been preached
by people who least suspected what they were
doing. The invalid in the home does not know
how real religion becomes to all who watch
her patience and unselfishness. And among the
busy and vigorous we often catch hints and
reflections, that they never suspect, of what
Christ-likeness means. The man who has sur
rendered his life to God, indeed, is a channel of
blessing to others beyond all he ever dreams of.
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He must not be disheartened when he realises
how little he is doing, for the truth is he is doing
far, far more than he knows. Wherefore, my
brother, be of good cheer, and render your service
to Christ with a quiet heart. Lay your course,
and work your ship, and hoist your sail and trust.
And the gifts of God will enrich you, and the
winds of heaven will bring you on your way,
even while you sleep.
We give Thee thanks, O God, for all Thy
bounties, undeserved and unearned; for the in
crease Thou dost send us while the stars are
shining ; for Thy gracious thirty-fold and sixty-
fold beyond what we have sown. Every morning
Thou leavest gifts upon our doorstep and dost
depart unthanked. But this day we remember,
and we bow our heads to render unto Thee our
humble and our hearty thanks for all that Thou
hast given us while we slept. Amen.
" The smoking flax he shall
(ISAIAH xlii. 3.)
WE read the 42nd chapter of Isaiah now as
if it were a part of the Christian Evangel. And
that is right. For whoever the Servant may
have been, of whom Isaiah was thinking, it is
Christ and only Christ who completely fulfils this
prophecy. This is a true description of His
spirit and His method. " The dimly-burning
wick he shall not quench."
The figure is easily understood. Here is a
piece of flax floating in oil, and burning so faintly
that it seems a mere charred end from which the
smoke coils thinly upwards. Some one comes
and snuffs it out, because it smells. That is the
way of the world s reformers, as Isaiah saw it,
and we can see it still. By and by they will trim
the wick and light it with fire of their own, but
first they will quench the spark. But there is
One to come, said Isaiah, shooting his arrow of
prophecy in the air, who will go otherwise about
it. He will not despise the spark because it is
so feeble. He will tend it and foster it, and make
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the evil-smelling bundle of flax into a clear,
shining light. And the saying has found its
mark in Jesus Christ.
When a woman that was a sinner made her
way into the house where He sat at meat, and
wept at His feet, He amazed all those present
by the extraordinary gentleness of His dealing
with her. He did not refer to the evil in her life.
He did not, as other good men would have done,
first cast her down, that He might afterwards
lift her up. He simply took the beautiful impulse
after good which she brought Him out of a life
besmirched and tawdry, held it in His hands
a mere spark of virtue and breathing on it,
blessed it, and behold it was a flame, burning up
the evil in her life, a lamp lighting her path along
a new and hopeful way. That was Christ. He
does not, He will not quench the dimly-burning
Now and this is our point if those who
profess and call themselves Christians are to
have the spirit in them that was also in Christ
Jesus, must not this be their mark too ? Does
not this prescribe their attitude to life, that
many-coloured, strangely-mixed compound of
good and evil ? Good in any form, however
feeble, however mixed, as in this world it inevit
ably is, with what is evil, should find in those
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who call themselves ^by Christ s name, its truest
supporters, sympathisers, friends.
To the eye and heart in sympathy with it,
beauty often peeps out in strange places.
" The poem hangs on the berry bush,
When comes the poet s eye,
And the whole street is a masquerade
When Shakespeare passes by."
So the mark of the Christ- like heart is just that
it discerns, and, discerning, loves the feeblest
tokens of some inward grace that redeems a life
from evil. Do not be afraid that by welcoming
the scant good, you may be held to approve of
the greater evil. That is a risk that God Himself
rejoices to take. Did not Christ risk that, when
He accepted that poor woman s worship ? Did
He not risk it when He held out His hands to a
man like Zaccheus ? Does He not risk it always
when He declares, " Him that cometh unto Me I
will in no wise cast out ? " And shall we refuse
because the risk is too great ?
Life presents us with many anomalies that
refuse to square with our theories. You find
men exhibiting qualities of character, which any
Christian might be proud to emulate, outside
of the Church altogether. And you cannot
simply label these " glittering vices," and pass
on. God is not two but One, and goodness is His
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token wherever it be found. " The World," says
John Owen, " cannot yet afford to do without the
good acts even of its bad men." And the truth
for us to learn is that the grace of God is not
bound by our standards or limits. Make the
circle as wide as you like, you will still discover
fruits of the Spirit outside, where by all our
canons they were never to be expected.
" And every virtue we possess,
And every victory won,
And every thought of holiness
Are His alone."
It is for something more than tolerance I am
pleading. For that may be a weak and a wrong
thing, if it spring not from belief in the good.
What, our calling demands is something more, the
rejoicing, hopeful recognition of the good deed
or purpose anywhere, and the offer of a sympathy
and a faith in which it can grow. That gift of
yours may actually be the decisive factor in a
life balancing perilously betwixt good and evil.
Three times, the other evening, I tried to light
my study fire, and each time it went out. The
paper burned, but the sticks apparently would
not light. At last in despair I flung in a burning
match and went away and when I returned I
found a cheerful blaze : the brief glimmer of
that last match had been the determining factor.
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You will smile perhaps at the illustration, but
you will remember, all the better, that where the
flax is even smouldering, there the angels are
still fighting for a soul. And you will, maybe,
remember also that even your warm sympathy
may turn the scale, and fan the flicker to a flame.
O Lord our God, God and Father of our Lord
Jesus Christ, we pray that the mind that was in
Him may more and more be found in us. Help
us to offer to what is good anywhere a sympathy
in which it may grow and increase. Grant us
a helpful faith in the struggling good in every
man, even as Thou, our Father, dost call us sons
while as yet we are but prodigals, afar off. For
Jesus sake. Amen.
" Let not then your good be
evil spoken of."
(ROMANS xiv. 16.)
IN his letter to the Christians at Rome, the
Apostle Paul counsels them not to let their
"good be evil spoken of." And at first we ask
ourselves if this is a possible thing. Can you
have good that is evil spoken of ? Since this is
a matter that ought to concern us all, I want to
suggest one or two ways in which this very result
may be brought about, that those of us who are
trying to follow an ideal of goodness may be on
First, we can very readily have what is good in
us evil spoken of because of our CENSORIOUSNESS.
When men come upon some fruit that grows
upon a goodly-looking tree, or one at least that
has a trustworthy label attached to it, and find
it sour or bitter to the taste, they are apt to be
particularly resentful. And it is with precisely
such indignation that they observe men and
women who profess themselves followers of
Christ exhibiting a censorious and critical spirit.
Where ought you to find the broadest charity,
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the kindliest judgment, the most Christ-like for
bearance and restraint ? Among Christians, of
course. And yet alas ! alas !
Just keep your ears open with this end in
view for a week, and you will be surprised at the
appallingly hard judgments that come tripping
daintily from the lips of some of those you know
best. And if that line of investigation be not
very handy, just watch yourself for the same
time, and you will learn what a rare thing
Christian charity is.
We talk a lot about it, but in real life we " for
bid " men very readily " because they follow
not us/ we belittle things which we do not under
stand, we speak rashly about people whom we do
not know, and we are ready, without the least
consideration, with our label for the movement
or the man, who happens to be brought to our
Ah, if we could only see how far astray we often
are, what a libel our label is, and how unChrist-
like many of our speeches appear ! We don t
know enough of the inner life of any man to entitle
us to pass judgment upon him. A critical spirit
never commends its possessor to the affection or
the good- will of men. Besides, it blinds him to
much that is really beautiful, and cuts him off
from many sources of happiness. You will see
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evil in almost anything if you look for it, but that
is not a gift that makes either for helpfulness
or popular esteem. " I do not call that by the
name of religion," says Robert Louis Stevenson,
" which fills a man with bile," and, on the
whole, the ordinary man is of the same mind
" Judge not ; the workings of his brain
And of his heart thou canst not see.
What looks, to thy dim eyes, a stain,
In God s pure light may only be
A scar brought from some well-won field,
Where thou wouldst only faint and yield."
Sometimes one must, in the interests of true
religion, pass judgment, but these times are not
so frequent as we suppose. And if there are occa
sions more than others when the disciple needs
an overflowing measure of Christ s spirit, it is
when it is his clear duty to diagnose, disapprove,
Secondly, we may have our good evil spoken
of by our EXTREMENESS. I should be very chary
of saying that there is such a thing as being
righteous overmuch, but for two reasons. The
first is that there is an injunction in Scripture
against it. And the second is that I have met
people, of whom, in all charity, it was true !
The modern name for being righteous overmuch
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is being a " crank." Now, nobody loves a crank.
The extremist always does his own cause harm.
Carefulness about one s food is a good thing, but
to take an analytical chemist s outfit to table
with us is simply to ask for the contempt of all
Paul s advice to the Philippians was, " Let
your moderation be known to all men." And
Paul was himself a splendid example of the
true moderation as distinguished from that which
is merely indolent and uninterested. Earnest,
enthusiastic, loyal, there was yet about him a
big and healthy sanity, a sweet reasonableness,
and what the extremist always lacks an en
gaging tact. In other words, Paul was a Christian
gentleman, and if you want to know what that
means, read his letter to Philemon about Onesimus
the runaway slave. There are blunt words with
which a man can be felled as effectually as with
the " grievous crab-tree cudgel " of which Bunyan
speaks. Paul did not consider it any special
virtue to employ such words. His Christian zeal
did not lead him to make a statement in a way
that would irritate and rasp a man s soul. There
is a certain extreme candour affected by some
Christian people, who pride themselves on always
calling a spade a spade. But if it hurts my friend
to hear me say " spade " I know of no law of
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God that compels me to name the implement
at all !
And then, lastly, we can have our goodness
" evil spoken of " because it is so COLD. It some
times seems as if, in our day, warmth of manner
had gone out of fashion. Ian Maclaren once
said of our generation that it will " smile feebly
when wished a happy New Year as if apologising
for a lapse into barbarism." But I don t think
any sensible person, not blinded by an absurd
convention, cares for that type of rarified de
meanour. No one likes to get a hand to shake
which feels like a dead fish !
In one of his books, Dr Dale of Birmingham
criticised that line in Keble s hymn which speaks
about the trivial round and the common task
giving us " room to deny ourselves/ " No
doubt," he says, " but I should be very sorry
for the people I live with to discharge their
home duties in the spirit of martyrs. God
preserve us all from wives, husbands, children,
brothers, and sisters who go about the house
with an air of celestial resignation." Ah, no,
that s not the goodness, either at home or on
the street, which wins men. It is not beautiful
because it is too cold. The religion of Jesus is
something much more than duty-doing. Thou
shalt love the Lord thy GOD WITH ALL THY HEART.
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Whosoever compels thee to go a mile, GO WITH
HIM TWAIN. Whatsoever ye do, do it HEARTILY
AS UNTO THE LORD.
From all unkind thoughts and uncharitable
judgments ; from all intemperate speech and
behaviour ; from coldness of heart and a frigid
service, Good Lord, deliver us. For Thy Name s
" God loveth a cheerful giver."
(2 CORINTHIANS ix. 7.)
A KHAKI VIRTUE
WE are proud to believe that, in the article of
courage, our men are second to none in the world.
They have glorious traditions to live up to, and
they are adding to these pages nay, a whole
volume, as splendid as any in our annals. Yet
it is not of our soldiers courage I wish to speak.
For we are told on all hands that there is
another quality shining brighter still these days
in the trenches in France and Belgium, in
ambulance waggons and field hospitals, and in
the camps at home, namely, cheerfulness. Again
and again the same tale is repeated from one
quarter or another " our men are simply wonder
ful," " they treat discomfort as a joke." They
label the very instruments that deal death among
them with names that raise a smile. Nurses,
doctors, and correspondents tell us that the
light-hearted way in which our soldiers face
pain and suffering and force twisted lips to smile
has created a new record for the British Army.
When the story of this war is written, and the
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world gets a nearer glimpse into those awful
trenches, I venture to prophesy that the quality
in our countrymen which will most capture the
imagination and fill us with the greatest pride
will be the gay, undaunted cheerfulness with
which they faced it all.
Surely we who stay at home may learn some
thing of that virtue too. For it is worth learning.
Ordinary people who only know what they like,
without knowing why they like it, have a very
warm side towards the person who, when things
are grey and gloomy, can keep cheerful. They
would much rather see him come in on a dull day
than a wiser man whose wisdom was a burden to
him, or even than a pious person whose piety
ran to solemnity and gloom. It is high time,
indeed, that the tradition was broken for good
and all which associates moral excellence with a
funereal heaviness of manner and denies the favour
of the Lord to one who, as Goldsmith has it,
" carols as he goes."
For the blessing of God is written visibly upon
the results of cheerfulness wherever you find it.
God rewards the gallant souls who keep their
colours flying through every battle, even though
they have to nail them up over a sorely damaged
ship. If you want a proof that the hopeful and
cheery way of facing the rebuffs of life and tholing
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its aches and disappointments is more in the line
of what God expects from His children than the
doleful whining temper, you have it shown un
mistakably in the fact that the gallant unconquer
able soul solves problems, overcomes difficulties,
endures pains, and wins successes where the
solemn and easily depressed would simply have
given in and lain down. You can safely prophesy
that the man whom you hear singing as he goes
through the valley, like the pilgrim that Bunyan s
Christian heard, is going to get out of it safely
and honourably in the end. The Lord Himself
will deliver him, as He delights to deliver all those
who face life smiling and unafraid, and meet His
Fatherly discipline with a stout heart.
Cheerf illness, in other words, pays for oneself.
But it is also a great blessing to others. One
very safe and sure way to help our fellows up
their hills is to breast our own as bravely and
gaily as we can. And the cheerfulness which
heals and blesses like the breath of morning is
that which shows up against a background of
cloud and trouble. Let us all in this year of war
and clean courage, register a vow that we shall
take a leaf out of our soldiers book, and think
less about our own troubles, teach our lips to
smile when things are wrong, and keep our eyes
wider open for trouble s danger signals among
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our friends. It s a simple way of doing good,
but a very effective one. For cheerfulness, like
mercy, is twice blessed. It blesseth him that
has, and him that sees !
" It was only a glad Good Morning
As she passed along the way,
But it spread the morning s glory
Over the livelong day."
But cheerfulness needs its explanation. It
implies something. A man is not cheerful with
out some underlying philosophy of life to sustain
him, some pillar of faith or hope at his back.
When a man faces life dauntless and smiling, he
does so because some inward and, it may even be,
unconscious faith or hope thus finds its expression.
What that faith is, different men will describe
in different ways.
But however much the descriptions vary, it
all comes back to this in the end, that the man
who is living bravely and cheerfully is expressing
by his conduct at any rate his faith in the Father
hood and good Providence of God. He knows
that " God s in His Heaven " ; at any rate he
believes so. He believes that things do not
just fall out by chance, but that a Father Hand
controls all, and a Father Heart cares even for
the sparrow s unheeded fall. The God who rules
all makes no mistakes.
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And is not that a cardinal part of the faith
which Jesus brings near to all who are learning
of Him ? There are various adjectives used to
qualify the title Christian. One hears, for
example, of " earnest Christians," and earnest
ness is a very necessary quality, even though
one does occasionally happen upon " earnest
Christians " who are rather unlovable and irri
tating people. But there s another adjective,
not nearly so common and yet it denotes a
quality just as essential in those who have taken
Christ s gospel of God s Love and Fatherhood
to their hearts namely, cheerful. A " cheerful
Christian." Let us all try to be that kind of
Christian at least.
The day returns and brings us the petty
round of irritating concerns and duties. Help
us to play the man, help us to perform them with
laughter and kind faces, let cheerfulness abound
with industry. Give us to go blithely on our
business all this day, bring us to our resting beds
weary and content and undishonoured, and grant
us in the end the gift of sleep. Amen."
R. L. STEVENSON.
" Jevemiah dwelt among the
people that were left in the
(JEREMIAH xl. 6.)
THE OVERCOMING OF PANIC
ONCE upon a time Jeremiah the prophet had
asked for only one thing, that he might get away
from that strange cityful of perverse men to
whom it was his hard lot to be the mouthpiece
of a God they were forgetting. He was tired of
them. " O that I had in the wilderness a lodging
place of wayfaring men that I might leave my
people and go from them."
Well, time passed on. The people got no wiser,
and Jeremiah s burden certainly got no lighter.
But the very chance he prayed for came. He
had a clear and honourable opportunity to go
to the lodge in the wilderness, or anywhere else
he liked, away from the men who had disowned
his teaching. His work was done apparently,
and he had failed. Yet with the door standing
invitingly open, see what Jeremiah did ! He
" went and dwelt among the people that were
left in the land." He had his chance and he did
not take it !
We all know something of this desire to get
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rid of a present hard duty, or a difficult environ
ment, or a perplexing problem. And yet I
wonder, if the way were similarly opened up for
us, how many would seize the opportunity ?
I believe that the feature of such a situation
would just be the large number of us who, when
it came to the pinch, would choose as Jeremiah
did, to remain where we are ! Something would
hold us back.
Yet the desire itself is natural enough, and a
man need neither be a coward nor a weakling
who confesses to it. The hours when the daily
round seems altogether flat and unprofitable,
and when one would gladly change places with
almost anybody, are real hours in life, and it is
no shame to have known them. But between
that knowledge and the actual escape, the actual
fleeing from one s post, there is a great gulf fixed
that, for very many with any high ideal of duty,
is impassable. For, though a man has known
the state of mind that looks for some back door
out of a depressing situation, he has had the
other experience also, the joy of self-mastery,
the keen sense of pleasure that comes to him
when he discovers that his surroundings do not
count for so much as he himself does. That
experience, though it be only in memory, will
stand between a man and retreat. He has
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conquered before, and the thrill of victory over
material discouragements may be his again.
And so, though the way of escape be open, he
will choose to remain and fight it out.
Sometimes the mere weight of his responsibility
may tempt a man to wish that he might escape.
There is a fairly well-known symptom of nervous
disease whose name signifies the fear of being
shut in, when the patient dreads the experience
of being in any closed place. Sometimes a moral
panic of that kind comes to a man when he
realises that he is shut in with some duty which
must be gone through with. With something of
the instinct of the trapped animal he may look
round for a way of escape.
Yet does that mean that he would take the
chance deliberately, with eyes full open to the
consequences, if it were offered ? I think not.
You can apply the test to yourself. Have
you ever accepted some responsibility, and then,
when the occasion came nearer, backed out of
it for no other reason than that you were afraid ?
If you have, you will perhaps remember whether
you felt proud of yourself, whether, beneath the
undoubted relief, there was not a good deal of
quiet shame and self -scorn. If the same thing
were to happen again, you might feel the impulse
to desert, but if you remembered your former
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experience, you would hardly yield to it, I
The plain truth is that no proper man really
likes a soft job. " In the long run," says J. A.
Symonds, " we really love the sternest things in
life best." And he speaks truth. There is a
certain exhilaration in the endurance of hardness.
Responsibility braces most men like a shock of
cold water. What is arduous calls them as with
a trumpet. And in the general sense of quiet
contempt for the person who in a panic flings up
his responsibility, we may recognise one of God s
elementary checks upon cowardice.
There are those who are reading these words
who are enduring hardness and making sacrifices
from which they might easily escape. They do
at times desire relief. But the point is that they
don t take it, when it is possible. And I say
there must be some reason for this. What is it
that holds men back from the easy way when it
stands open before them ?
For one thing, I think, the sense of the place
that hardness and effort and endurance play in
every true life. For centuries men have climbed
up to strength of character, if at all, by ways
uniformly arduous and steep ; and distrust of
the primrose path, however alluring, has passed
as an instinct into our blood. In the small
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unheroic affairs of life we have learned that a
difficulty faced and overcome, or a duty doggedly
fulfilled, add a precious something to experience
that there is no other way of securing. The
schoolboy on a hot summer day may look up
from his task, away out wistfully to the cool
shade of the trees across the playground, and
wish that he were there, rather than where he
is. Yet even he knows, what we all come to
learn, that that is not the road to anything in
life worth the gaining.
Another deterring impulse is the sense of a
divine vocation. Our calling and circumstances
are ordained for us by God, and we must not
quit the field till the day is done. It is He who
has chosen our lot in life and summoned us to
the sphere we fill.
We may succeed or fail as seems to Him best.
Sometimes he places men, for reasons of His own,
in corners where success, as commonly measured,
is not possible. But one thing success or
failure we must not do. We must not shirk.
We must not run away. God means us to stand
fast and do our best. For failure even, if it be
honourable, He may have His good word at the
last. But to the man who has shirked life s
hard duties, not even God can say, " Well
done ! "
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Lord of our life, and God of our salvation,
make us strong to endure hardness as good
soldiers of Jesus Christ. Thou sendest no man
a warfare upon his own charges. In dependence
on Thy help, grant us grace to do each duty, as
the hour and Thy will may bring it. And, with
Thy fear in our hearts, grant us deliverance from
all other fears whatever. For Thy Name s sake.
Whatsoever ye do, do all
to the glory of God."
(i CORINTHIANS x. 31.)
THE DAY S DARG
IT is never hard to connect the presence of our
Lord and Master Jesus Christ with our Sabbaths
and our hours of worship. If ever Christ comes
near us in spirit at all, we say, it is when in the
quiet of the sanctuary we reach out hands of
prayer and desire to Him. The link between
our worship and our Lord is strong and obvious.
But, when the din of business shuts out all
else, when the hard, toilsome duty of the ordinary
day is to be done, when we are at work amid
surroundings that have no suggestion of sacred-
ness or of God about them what of the link with
Christ then ? It is much harder then, is it not ?
to imagine any thinkable and workable connection
that our Lord has with that sphere of life, broad
and extensive as it is. There are many indeed
who forget that there is any, and live as if there
were none. And yet the solemn truth is that if
that link is not strong and real, we don t know
what religion means. We have hardly the right
to call ourselves Christian men and women unless
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we can relate our week-day labours to the fact
So let us try to strengthen that link. Let us
look at our daily work in the light of religion.
First, let me remind you that our work is by
divine commandment. It is not something that
God allows us to do when we are not worshipping.
It is His ordinance that we should all work at
something. The business of life is labour of some
sort. I do not know if we all realise how the
Fourth Commandment begins " Six days shalt
thou labour and do all thy work." And the man
who is inexcusably idle, or who belittles his work,
even in the interest, as he thinks, of religion, is
breaking this commandment as truly as he who
neglects the other half of it and dishonours the
No one will accuse the Apostle Paul of any
indifference or lukewarmness where true religion
was concerned. Yet it was this Apostle who
ordered the Thessalonians to go on with their
daily occupations even though they believed, as
so many did at that time, that the Return of the
Lord to earth was just at hand. By our daily
work we serve the Lord as truly as when we
gather to His worship. Let us get out of our
heads, then, the false and foolish idea that all the
working part of our week is the part at which God
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looks askance. Man s chief end is to glorify
God, and one of the ways of doing that is by
being loyal to the duties of each hour whatever
they may be.
Secondly, I would ask you to think of those
quiet, unrecorded years of our Lord s life on
earth before His public ministry. The Gospels
give no details, but the fact is perfectly certain
that up till His thirtieth year Jesus of Nazareth
worked at His trade as a carpenter. If only we
would let that fact soak into us, it would alter
our whole idea of the relation of our daily work
to religion. Jesus worked Himself.
And we have, as has been pointed out,
interesting indirect proof as to what manner
of life He lived on those workaday levels that
we all know so much about. For, to this
Carpenter of Nazareth there came a day when,
in Nazareth itself, He stood forth as represen
tative of a morality and religion higher than
ever was proclaimed before. He spoke to men
about the true way to live like one having
authority. And there were many who so re
sented what they deemed His presumption that
anything that reflected on His claims or belittled
His authority would gladly have been seized
upon and made the most of. Had there been in
Nazareth a bit of botched work of His doing, " a
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door of unseasoned wood or a badly made chest,"
don t you think it would have been produced to
discredit His mission ? If any one could have
been found with whom the Carpenter had not
dealt honourably and justly, if, as He walked the
streets of His native town and lived His humble
daily life in the sight of all men, there had been
anything that weakened His claim to guide and
teach His brethren, don t you think they would
have found it out and taxed Him with it ?
There was nothing of that. Jesus faced His
fellows with His daily duty behind Him, and it
reinforced every word He said. His message to
men was backed up by His daily life. He spoke
of religion as no other son of man ever did, but
He lived it long before He ever opened His mouth.
He brought religion down to the workshop and
the street, and showed men what it meant there.
And unless He had done that, it is difficult to
conceive that His public ministry of itself would
have satisfied men that He was indeed One sent
Do you see, then, from this point of view, what
a great and vital part of religion our day s work
is, and the way we do it, our life at home, our
ordinary contact with our fellow- men ? It is
that that gives weight to any profession we may
make. If in our daily life we are not exhibiting
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our religion, nothing that we can profess or say
on Sunday will make up for that defect. It is
what we are on Monday and Tuesday that under
lines and emphasises the claims we make at church
on the Sunday. Behind all our prayer and pro
fession lies the everyday life.
Third, our daily work is sanctified by the fact
that our Lord and Master is with us, to help and
strengthen us there, as truly as when we pray.
Jesus Christ is not far away, as we so pitifully
misconceive it, amid the dust of business, when
we must keep our temper and follow conscience
along the hard way and deal honourably with all
men. He is near us there also, ready and willing
to help us to be true to God and man on that
road which once He trod Himself.
There is a famous unwritten saying of Christ
which puts memorably what the Gospels likewise
testify. " Raise the stone and thou shalt find
Me. Cleave the wood and there am I." Christ
is as near us in our daily work as that ! When
Peter and his friends went a- fishing, you remember,
with heavy hearts because the Master had gone
away from them, He met them by the lake as
they plied their ordinary calling. So does He
wait, my brother, to meet you and me wherever
the duty of the hour may take us. For our
working life is not outside of His interest nor
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out with His care and guidance. With reverent
imagination Van Dyke has seemed to hear the
Christ speak thus and the words may perhaps
further weld the link for some of us between our
everyday duty and the Christ whom we worship
and seek to serve :
" They who tread the path of labour follow where My feet
have trod ;
They who work without complaining do the holy will of God.
Where the many toil together, there am I among my own ;
Where the tired workman sleepeth, there am I with Him
I, the peace that passeth knowledge, dwell amid the daily
I, the bread of heaven, am broken in the sacrament of life.
Every task, however simple, sets the soul that does it free,
Every deed of love and mercy done to man is done to Me.
Nevermore thou needest seek Me ; I am with thee every
Raise the stone and thou shalt find Me, cleave the wood
and I am there."
Our Lord and Master, whose command it is
that we do with our whole heart whatsoever our
hand findeth to do, grant that we may so yield
and surrender ourselves, body, mind and spirit,
unto Thee, that even in the common business of
each ordinary day we may serve Thee and glorify
Thy great Name. Amen.
" Gashmu saith it."
(NEHEMIAH vi. 6.)
GASHMU THE GOSSIP
GASHMU is a mere name in Scripture. He is
mentioned only three times twice as acting
with Sanballat against Nehemiah, and once as
the authority for a false piece of news. It is
reported, wrote Sanballat in a cruel letter to
Nehemiah, that you are plotting against the
king, and " Gashmu saith it." That is what
Gashmu stands for in Scripture, a tale-bearer,
a slanderer, a gossip. What an unenviable
immortality to be remembered only as the
pedlar of a tale he knew to be untrue !
As long as we live together in society, there
will be a kind of gossip that is inevitable, the
kindly or merely casual relation of small and
insignificant matters of fact, as that the painters
are in next door, or that Mrs So-and-So has got
a new bonnet. It is not of that I want to speak.
For there is another sort as deadly as the
plague, and in civilised countries the cruellest
and most devilish instrument that one man or
woman can use against another. And that is
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the inventing of an untrue report about a man s
doings or character, or the unthinking repetition
of the same. That is the pestilence that walketh
in darkness ; that is the destruction that wasteth
at noonday. And I wish I had the pen to write
of it as it deserves.
It is very, very common. We are all too ready
to repeat what we have heard, with a " Gashmu
saith it," as if that certified the tale correct.
And the harm done is simply incalculable. If
my house is burned or I lose my money, I can still
get along by the kindness of my friends for a
little, till I find my feet again. But whoever by
some lying story takes away my character, deals
me a blow from which there is no recovering,
which my loyalest friends can do nothing to avert.
I have no redress, no compensation, and no help.
Any one may be a victim, and you and I, by
thoughtlessly passing on the deadly thing, may
all unconsciously be driving another nail into a
man s coffin.
Did you ever lie awake at night and think
that even now the cancer may have begun on
YOUR good name, that whispers may be going
about among your friends concerning you ?
Those who know you will hear it, and will say,
It s a lie ! But that won t stop it. And you
will never know till some day you waken up and
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find that your reputation is in danger. And not
one word or vestige of truth may be in it. It
may be a lie pure and simple, or a colourable
counterfeit of some quite innocent truth. That
won t make any difference. It is enough merely
to start it, and, like a stone thrown down an
Alpine slope, it gathers others in its train, till an
avalanche swoops down on some unsuspecting
When King Arthur enrolled his Knights of
the Round Table, he made them take the oath
to " speak no slander." And there is a knightly
chivalry of speech which ought to be the mark
of all those who have promised fealty to Jesus
Christ. Our discipleship of Jesus demands of us
the high endeavour to love our neighbour as our
selves, and that presupposes, as one of its conse
quences, that we guard his name against false
witness as carefully as we protect our own. If
we hear a good story about some one, a report
that is to his credit and honour, let us blazon
that abroad. We are all far too slow at that, and
somehow the tale that is a little damaging has
a far easier and more rapid circulation. Might
we not make more of our brother s successes ?
Might we not oftener repeat about him what
he is too modest ever to say about himself ? It
were a true and kindly Christian act. But never,
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as we call ourselves servants of Christ, never do
our brother such a grievous irreparable wrong
as to start about him a tale which may not be
true. God can and will forgive you your sins of
speech. But even He cannot make clean the
character which a foolish word has sullied.
King Arthur went further, however, than
demanding that his knights should speak no
slander. Their vow included the words, " no,
nor listen to it." And that is a high and difficult
course to keep. It is not easy, when you are
being told of something that is striking or sensa
tional of a merely gossipy character, to stop the
conversation and lead it into other channels.
It requires great courage and as great tact. But
how many of us ever try it ?
If, however, the refusal to listen be regarded
as a counsel of perfection, there remains yet the
further injunction never REPEAT the gossip you
have heard. That at least is homely and
We used to read in our book of Fables of the
lamb that noticed this significant thing about
the track that led to the lion s den that all
the footprints pointed inwards, but there were
none returning. " Vestigia nulla retrorsum." No
footprints backwards. It would be a good motto
for us all. Let the stories, the ill-humoured,
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unkind, uncharitable sayings that float and
wander about everywhere, let them come to us
as they will, but let the traces end there. Be
such a person that men may trace a story from
its source down the chain TO you, but never
We can do that much at least for our friends.
All about us is the constant, unquiet drift of
gossip and distorted half-truth, as restless as the
sand in the desert, dancing and whirling with
every puff of wind. We can do something to
arrest that drift. We can be for our friends in
some measure what Isaiah said that God s
Servant, when He came, should be, the shadow
of a great Rock in a weary land, stopping the
drift of the sand, and sheltering our friends by
our loyalty and our silence.
Don t even repeat the gossip that comes to
you, not only for the strong reason already
given, but also for this little one, that you won t
likely repeat it correctly. With all the will in
the world, it is one of the hardest things to retail
a story just exactly as you heard it. Sir Walter
Scott, speaking about anecdotes that he had
heard, said he always liked to cock up their
bonnets a bit and put a staff in their hands that
they might walk on a little brisker and sprightlier
than when they came to him ! But we all do
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that, without meaning to do it at all. We add
a little bit. We exaggerate just the tiniest
fraction, and our hearer when he repeats the
story does the same, and so the matter grows till
it is big enough to do much mischief.
" A Whisper broke the air,
A soft light tone and low,
Yet barbed with shame and woe.
Now, might it only perish there,
Nor further go !
Ah me ! A quick and eager ear
Caught up the little meaning sound ;
Another voice has breathed it clear,
And so it wandered round,
From ear to lip, from lip to ear,
Until it reached a gentle heart,
And that it broke."
There is a legend that once a king avoided death
in a poisoned cup that had been handed to him
by making over it the sign of the Cross when
it broke in pieces at his feet. Let us, when we
are tempted to retail the vivid, poisonous piece
of scandal, stop and invoke the Spirit of Christ.
Is this that I am going to say about my brother
the kind of thing I should say if Christ were
standing by ? Am I justified in turning over
that bit of gossip which may be true, but which
ought not to be true ? Our duty, who profess
and call ourselves Christians, is clear. We are
to speak no slander no, nor listen to it. We are
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to retail evil about no man. We are to love one
O Lord our God, whose command it is that
we love our neighbour as ourselves, help us to
cherish and protect his good name as carefully
as we guard our own. Make us more willing to
repeat the good about him, but slower to retail
or exaggerate the evil. Grant us all a deeper
sense of the deadly wrong a foolish tongue can
work, and keep Thou the door of our lips. For
Thy Name s sake. Amen.
" Thou preventest him with
the blessings of goodness."
(PSALM XXi. 3.)
GOD IN FRONT
You know how, in a happy home, the near
approach of a birthday is signalised, how parcels
are mysteriously smuggled in and hidden in
secret places, and, though everything seems to
be going on as usual, yet the plans are being laid
in train that will surprise and delight the fortunate
owner of the birthday when the festal day dawns.
That is our feeble, human way of trying to sur
prise one another with the blessings of goodness.
That is how we " prevent " our beloved with
tokens of our remembrance. So, says the Psalmist,
does God deal with us. Not only have we
what we so much need His forgiveness of our
past, and His help and presence for the day
which now is ; He is working for us in the future
too, sowing the days to come with blessings for
us to pick up when the passage of time brings us
to the places where He has hidden them.
The idea that God has been beforehand in our
history, getting ready, as it were, for our coming,
though not a very usual one, is very helpful, and
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it finds abundant illustration and proof in all
directions. When a child arrives on this earth,
he enters into the enjoyment of bounties and
blessings prepared, not merely weeks, but literally
ages before his coming. Warmth he needs, and
aeons ago the coal beds were formed in the bowels
of the earth. Food he needs, and God " laboured
for ages," as Sir Oliver Lodge puts it, to bring
corn into existence. For corn needs soil, and, to
make that, the Creator had to set the glaciers
grinding over the granite, and to loosen the forces
of rain and frost and running water over great
stretches of time.
Every child born into the world becomes the
heir of all the ages past. What blessings have
been prepared for most of us, in advance, in the
homes into which we were born, and the gracious
influences under which we have grown up ! "I
have to thank the gods," says Marcus Aurelius
the pagan Emperor, " that my grandfathers,
parents, sisters, preceptors, relations, friends and
domestics were almost all of them persons of
probity." " I have to thank the gods." Who
else is there to thank but God who prevents us
in this way with the blessings of goodness ? God
is working beforehand in our interest in all these
things. So, when we awaken to a sense of Him,
there is His Church, established of old, awaiting
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to take us by the hand and help us on our way.
When we learn our need of a Saviour, behold
Christ stands at the door and knocks. When, in
penitence of heart, we ask God s mercy, we learn
that, long since, it was laid up in store for us.
Before we thought of loving God, He first loved
us, and gave Himself for us in Jesus Christ our
Lord. Is it not gloriously true all the way along
that God has been beforehand with His goodness ?
And that, of course, is the explanation of all
the glad surprises of life. The Lord has prepared
them for us beforehand. He has sown the future
with good things and watched our surprise as
we picked them up. When Mary Mar don and
her father, in Mark Rutherford s " Auto
biography," went to the seaside to look for
lodgings they saw a dismal row of very plain-
looking houses. Mary objected instinctively to
the dull street, but her father said he could not
afford to pay for a sea view, so they went in to
inquire. To their delight they found that what
they thought were the fronts of the houses were
really the backs, for the real fronts faced the bay,
had pretty gardens before the doors, and a glorious
sunny prospect over the ocean. Isn t that what
we often find to be the case ? Our most treasured
friends are not always those whom we fall in
love with at first sight. The thing we greatly
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fear dissolves like mist. An envied, but despair ed-
of, blessing is flung into our lap. A door of
splendid hope opens in a dead wall. Life is full
of the unexpected as if wonder were one of the
things God wanted very much to keep alive in
us. When, as you think, everything has been
exhausted, God surprises you with a fresh gladness.
And, aback of all, there is the unending surprise
of God s patience with us, and of that daily mercy
of His, which we so ill requite, and so often forget.
Of course, no one dreams of suggesting that all
our surprises are of a happy sort. It is not so.
But the point is that if it is God who has hidden
the blessings for us to come upon, it is He also
who has hidden the other things. God s hand
does not slip so that we get the wrong parcel by
accident. He prevents us also with the blessings
that we do not call by that name at all. In his
Lay Sermons, Huxley, describing the tadpole in
its slimy cradle, says : " After watching the
process hour after hour, one is almost possessed
by the notion that some more subtle aid to vision
than an achromatic object-glass would show the
hidden artist with his plan before him, striving
with skilful manipulation to perfect his work."
If, in that wonderful fashion, God is working
beforehand according to a plan of His own, in
the life of a tadpole, is it not much more likely
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that He is so working in your life and mine, not
in its joys only, but also in its dark hours and its
sorrows ? That, indeed, is the very messsage
and comfort of the Lord Jesus Christ, that not
even a sparrow falleth to the ground calamity
indeed for the sparrow without our Father.
If it be true that God our Father is working in
advance of us all the time, then surely it is wrong
to speak of the monotony of life ? For we are
on a road which God Himself has sown with sur
prises for us, and the hour of our deadliest weari
ness may be the immediate percursor of our
richest and most joyous find. Who could have
supposed, at the end of the eighteenth century,
when poetry in England seemed dead, that a
great galaxy of stars Wordsworth, Coleridge,
Byron, Shelley, Keats was on the very eve of
rising ? The unexpected can always happen.
You may come upon another of God s hidden
blessings to-morrow. Let us not talk of monotony,
therefore, in an age which has seen so many
wonderful things happen. Rather let us hold to
the faith that all the while God is going before
us with the blessings of goodness.
This faith puts another complexion on all our
fears and forebodings. Before we live it, the
web of our life passes through God s hands. And
the shaded parts, as well as the bright parts, are
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in His wise and loving design. Nobody can
promise us freedom from sorrow, but the Bible
promises that God is beforehand to make the
sorrow bearable. He has adjusted our tempta
tions to our strength, and never a one has He
hidden, where we come upon it, that it is im
possible for us by His help to withstand. Before
the mother puts her little child into his hot bath
at night, she tests the water first with her fingers.
And the Psalmist means us to believe that life
comes to us from God, who has measured and
adapted it for us, beforehand, in a like fashion.
Viewed in the light of this faith, Death itself
takes on a different aspect. Oliver Wendell
Holmes has suggested that the story of this life
and the next can be fully written in two strokes
of the pen, an interrogation-point, and, above it,
a mark of exclamation fear and question here
below, and, above, adoration, wonder, surprise.
" I go to prepare a place for you," said Christ to
His disciples. If the preparation for us here is
so wonderful, is it likely to fail yonder ? If Love
made ready for us here, shall it not be beforehand
there too ? Yea, verily. Our experience of how
God prevents us here with His loving kindness
ought to strengthen in us all the " faith of our
Lord Jesus Christ, and the saint s trust in every
age, that when we pass hence it will be to meet
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the grandest, the most blessed, and the most
surprising provision of all."
Our Father in Heaven, we shall not be afraid
of what life may hold for us when we have learned
that our little web has first passed through Thy
merciful and loving hands. We have often prayed
that Thou wouldest go with us ; but Thou hast
answered us beyond our asking, for Thou goest
before us all. In the faith of that leading, make
us to journey bravely and to sleep secure. Amen.
" Fight the good fight of
(i TIMOTHY vi. 12.)
" UNBELIEF KEPT QUIET "
WE are often told that this is not an age of faith,
that the day of the beautiful, old, simple acquies
cence is past, whether it ever comes again or
not. Some one has wittily suggested that the
coat of arms of the present age is "an interroga
tion-point rampant, above three bishops dormant,
and the motto Query/ But, like a great many
more witty things, that saying leaves one question
ing whether, after all, it be really true. I venture,
for my part, to assert that a great many more
people are really interested in this matter of faith
than most of us imagine. There is something
that haunts men as with a sense of hidden treasure
about this wonderful thing in life called Faith,
that always seems to be going to disappear, and
yet somehow does not. With a strange, wistful
persistence men linger about this pool, though
there are many to tell them that the " desired
angel bathes no more/
I wish to speak a word of encouragement to-day
to all who are finding faith hard. " Fight the
no " Unbelief kept Quiet "
good fight of faith," says Paul to his young friend,
Timothy. Fight. I want to remind you that
faith often implies effort, that there is nothing in
the idea of faith which is incompatible with
struggle, that the very form of Paul s advice
implies an antagonism.
It is true that many think of the " faith of
the saints " as a quiet, contented habit of gentle
acquiescence, a sweet and beautiful state of mind
very far removed from the restless, questioning,
analytic temper of the man of to-day. Now, I
do not say that faith is never seen now in that
placid form, but I do say that that was not the
type Paul had in mind when he wrote Timothy, it
is not the figure which best described his own
faith, and it is certainly not the aspect he would
require to deal with, were he writing to the men
For they are only too conscious of much in
ward suspense of judgment and uncertainty con
cerning many things in Heaven and earth. And
that inward conflict seems to many of them a sign
that faith is waning, if not dead. They have
forgotten that it is that very sense of inward
conflict which proves that faith is not dead.
Dead things do not offer any resistance. We
ought by this time to have learned that a thing
" may be for us an intellectual puzzle, and yet a
" Unbelief kept Quiet " m
sheer spiritual necessity," and that the Christian
faith is, for every soul who has once caught it.
There are a great many earnest and honest men
to whom it is the best of news that Christian
faith is not incompatible with very grave per
plexities. The real opposite of faith is not doubt,
as so many suppose, but deliberate and satisfied
denial. Faith can live in the same life along
with very many doubts as a matter of fact, in
the case of not a few of the most Christ-like men
of our time, it is living beside them constantly.
Paul assures us that outside of him he found
fightings and within him he found fears. Yet he
kept the faith for all that. They start up on all
sides, these spectres of the mind and reason, and
they ask questions which a man cannot answer.
Yet Faith may be dwelling in his life in very deed
and truth, because faith is something more than
the sum of all his beliefs. It is the whole con
scious and deliberate set and desire of his being.
It is a well-known fact that a man may be truly
courageous, acting, speaking, thinking bravely at
the very moment when panic fears are gripping
his heart. I like that fine old story of the soldier
advancing into the fire zone with steady step,
and taunted by a comrade for his pale face.
" You re afraid," said the other. " I know I am
afraid," said he, " and if you felt half as much
ii2 "Unbelief kept Quiet"
afraid as I do, you would turn and flee." It is
the very finest courage that dominates and
controls a sensitive organisation, and holds the
shrinking other- half to its purpose with firm grip.
Just so is it with faith. A man keeps his course,
lifts up his eyes to the hills, lives for God and His
Christ, prays on, struggles on, and hopes for the
home beyond the edge of life, while often enough
his mind is full of questioning and the puzzle of
God s deep mysteries. For faith is not what the
intellect says merely. It is what the whole man
is struggling and trying to say.
" With me, faith means perpetual unbelief
Kept quiet, like the snake neath Michael s foot,
Who stands calm just because he feels it writhe."
Don t do yourself the wrong of thinking that
faith has vanished because the snake is felt to
be writhing. " Perpetual unbelief kept quiet."
Yes, but what keeps the clamouring doubts and
fears under foot ? Just yourself, just your
highest self, the bit of you made for God, and
unable to do without Him ! Faith is the vote
of the whole man, of the best of the man, in the
face of a protesting minority. In other words,
fight is a splendid word to use in speaking
Let a man ask himself Does he really wish
" Unbelief kept Quiet " 113
that the best he has dreamed or heard about
God and His love for men, His passion to deliver
them from evil, and His pity and nearness to us
all in Jesus Christ His Son does he wish all that
to be true ? No man is without faith who does
wish that, and is living in the direction of his
desire. In that man s life who, despite all the
clamour and philosophy of Babylon, is keeping
his window open towards where he believes
Jerusalem to be, there is that vital element of
faith that is linking his life to God even now, and
will bring him where he would be at last.
I do not think that the prodigal was at all sure
of the welcome that awaited him. Probably his
mind, as he limped along in his rags, was full
of misgivings and fears. But the father hailed
him as his son whenever he saw afar off that the
lad s face was set for home. I do not imagine
our Father will concern Himself very much about
the gaps in our creed if only our faces are turned
homewards and towards Him. Let the man I
have tried to speak to be of good courage, and
fight on with a stout heart. Faith is not sight.
It may not even be assurance, may be only hope
and longing, and a reaching towards the Highest.
But I firmly believe that no man, even though he
may fall on the way home, and before he knows
of his welcome, I believe that no man shall be
ii4 " Unbelief kept Quiet "
cast out at the last, whose arms, as he fell, were
outstretched in desire to God.
O Lord our God, Author and Finisher of our
faith, help us with all our strength to fight the
good fight. When our defence is being broken,
do Thou garrison our souls, O God, that we may
be able to stand in the evil day, and, having
done all, to stand. Through Jesus Christ our
" The joy of the Lord is
(NEHEMIAH viii. 10.)
THE EQUIPMENT OF JOY
LET us talk about joy, and especially that kind
of it of which Nehemiah was thinking when he
said, " The joy of the Lord is your strength." It
is strange that while practically everybody would
agree as to the wholesomeness and the duty of
joy in the ordinary sense of the term, to add the
words " of the Lord " to it, seems, to some, com
pletely to alter its character and in fact to spoil
it, to turn it into an unreal sort of joy which is
not true joy at all.
I wish emphatically to protest against such a
conception of religious joy as an injustice to the
Father Love of Go . The joy of the Lord, as I
understand it, is not different in quality from
wholesome human gladness, it is, in fact, just that
gladness deepened and sanctified by the sense of
God, and the knowledge of Him brought to us
by Jesus Christ our Lord. There is not a single
innocent and pure source of gladness open to
men and women on this earth but is made to
taste sweeter when they have opened their hearts
n6 The Equipment of Joy
to the love of God. It is the very crown of happy
living that is reached when a man can say, " My
Lord and my God/ Once I have dared to accept
the wonderful truth that even for me the Eternal
Father has His place and His plan and His care,
every simplest happiness, every common joy of
living, every delight in the beauty of the world
and the pleasures of home and work and friendship
every one of these takes on a keener edge. It
is a pestilent heresy to declare that a Christian
ought to walk through life like a man with a
hidden sickness. On the contrary, there is no
one who has a better right to be joyous and happy-
hearted. Do you think it is for nothing that the
" joy of our salvation " is a Bible phrase ? And
shall we believe that that salvation is ours and
not be mighty glad about it all the time ? What
is the good of translating " Gospel " as " good
news " and at the same time living as if religion
were a bondage and a burden grievous to be
borne ? Of all the strange twists of human con
vention, it is surely the strangest to allow ordinary
human joy to be happy and cheerful, and to
insist that those whose joy is in the Lord should
pull a long face, and forswear laughter, and
crawl along dolefully as if to the sound of some
dirge ! The " morning face and the morning
heart " belong of right to the truly religious,
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and no one ought to be gladder, come what may,
than tLe man who has made the highest and best
disposal of his little life that any one can make,
namely, surrendered it in faith and obedience to
A gloomy, ponderous, stiff religion which looks
askance at innocent merriment and is afraid to
pull a long breath of enjoyment has the mark of
" damaged goods " on it somehow, and no one
will take it off your hands. It is not catching,
and certainly your children will never catch it.
It is said to be a good test of a religion that it
can be preached at a street corner. But I know
a better test than that. Preach it to a child.
Set him in the midst of those who profess it.
If their religion frightens him, freezes the smiles
on his lips, and destroys his happiness, depend
upon it, whatever sort of religion it be, it lacks
the essential winsomeness of the religion of
I need not say, of course, that I am not pleading
for a more hilarious religious life. And, equally
of course, empty frivolity, and the cult of the
continual grin are insufferable things to endure
either in the name of religion or anything else.
Not by a single word would I lessen the condemna
tion which such aberrations deserve. But I do
say, and with all my heart I believe that a deep,
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abiding well-spring of happiness which our
author calls the "joy of the Lord " is of the
very essence of true religion, and is indeed, what
he asserts it, actually our strength. Actually our
strength. Let us be quite clear about that.
The man in whose heart there dwells this best
of all joys is a strength to other people. We
don t need any one to prove that to us, I imagine.
We have all been helped and revived many a
time merely by contact with some hearty cheerful
soul. Who, for example, that had his choice,
would elect for his family physician a man with a
doleful air ? Have we not all found that a doctor s
cheery manner was as potent a medicine as any
drug that he called by a Latin name ? Ay, and
even when we are in trouble, and our hearts are
sad and sore, I think we would all rather see the
friend whose faith in God showed in a brave and
buoyant outlook than one whose religion was of
the dowie and despondent sort.
I have heard it said of an employee who had
the gift of the joyous heart that the twinkle of
his eyes was worth 100 a year to his firm. I
could easily believe it, though the money value
might well have been set at any figure, seeing
that the thing itself is really priceless. Did not
the most famous modern apostle of the duty of
happiness himself a signal proof that joy is
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something more than the mere easy overflow of
health and animal spirits did not Stevenson
declare that " by being happy we sow anonymous
benefits/ and that " the entrance of such a
person into a room is as if another candle had
been lighted ? " I take it the proof is ample that
a joyous heart is a strength to others.
But more, it is a strength to oneself. That
may not be so obvious, and yet the result here
is even more certain. Ordinary experience tells
us that joy is good for us, that depression and
gloom work us bodily harm. But from one
province of scientific study especially there has
come a wonderful array of evidence that makes
it as certain as any fact can be that the happy
states of mind do literally add to our strength in
quite measurable directions. There is, in strict
fact, no tonic in all the world like gladness.
That being so, joy, and especially the best
kind of it of which Nehemiah speaks, is not a
luxury, not a condition you may legitimately
cherish if you are fortunate enough to possess it.
It is a sheer necessity. You can t do without it.
Even to meet your sorrows, even to gird you for
service, even to run your race without fainting,
you need the joy of the Lord, which is strength.
And since the Father has stored up such an
abundant supply of it in this world of His, since
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it is knocking at our doors every day, and only
our distrust and suspicion keep it outside, we
know what to do to secure this good gift of God.
We have only to open our doors to let it in, and
give it room.
" So take Joy home
And make a place in thy great heart for her,
And give her time to grow, and cherish her,
Then will she come and oft will sing to thee
When thou art working in the furrows ay,
Or weeding in the sacred hour of dawn.
It is a comely fashion to be glad
Joy is the grace we say to God."
Help us, God, beyond our poor and forgetful
thanksgiving, to show forth the praise of Thy
loving kindness by our joy and gladness. For
Thy great grace and mercy toward us, and for
all the gifts of Thy sleepless Providence, we offer
Thee the joy of our hearts. Accept our offering,
we beseech Thee ; forgive its scant measure, and
teach us to be glad in Thee. For Thy Name s
" The God of Jacob is out
( PSALM xlvi. n.)
THE GOD OF THE UNLOVABLE MAN
THERE is a phrase which echoes through the Old
Testament like the refrain of some solemn music
-the "God of Jacob." "The God of Jacob,"
says the 46th Psalmist, " is our refuge." Yet
when you think of it, it is a strange title. The
" God of Abraham " you can understand, for
Abraham was a great and faithful soul. And
the " God of Isaac," also, for Isaac was a saint.
But the " God of Jacob " is a combination of
ideas of a very different sort. For though, by
God s grace, Jacob became a saint in the end, it
took much discipline and trouble to mould him
into a true godliness. And, for the greater part of
his life, and many of his appearances on the
stage of Scripture, his actions and ideals are not
such as to make us admire him very passionately.
We like Esau for all his faults, but we do not like
Jacob for all his virtues. There is something
cold and calculating about Jacob that repels
affection. For all his religion, the Jacob of the
earlier chapters is a mean soul, successful but
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unscrupulous, pious but not straight, spiritually-
minded but not lovable. And yet the Almighty
condescends to be known as the God of Jacob,
and the Bible loves that name for God !
What does that say to you ? To me it says
this and I think we all need to learn it that
God is the God even of unlovable people ! That
even unlovable people have a God ! That the
Lord is very gracious to sinners, we all rejoice to
believe, for that is the Evangel of Jesus, and He
Himself was found practising it even among the
waifs and outcasts of society. But that unlovable
people have a God, too, is actually harder for us
to realise, for the plain fact is that unlovable,
disagreeable people irritate and annoy us more even
than the sinners. If you question that, just ana
lyse your attitude to the Prodigal in our Lord s
wonderful story, compared with that toward his
respectable, cold-hearted and priggish elder
brother. The brother irritates us. We call him,
with some heat, as Henry Drummond did, a
baby, and we want to shake him. But we never
want to shake the prodigal.
Now, we all have, on our list of acquaintances,
people whom we have labelled disagreeable, who
continually rub us the wrong way, as we put it.
There is the man who is always talking about
himself, and is filled with conceit like a bladder
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with air. " There is the man/ says Hazlitt in
one of his Essays, " who asks you fifty questions
as to the commonest things you advance, and,
you would sooner pardon a fellow who held a
pistol at your breast and demanded your money."
There is the ill-tempered, sulky person, and the
grumbling, whining, dolorous soul never without
an ache or a grievance. So we can all draw up
our own private " Index Expurgatorius " of the
people we bar or dislike. We say these people
And, since the corruption of the best is the
worst, we are agreed that the most unlovable
of all types is the religious undesirable, the smug,
unctuous, oily person, for example, whose sincerity
is continually in question, the narrow, intolerant,
little soul who cannot see any sort of truth or
righteousness except his own, or the prim and
pious man who is cocksure of his interest in the
life to come, but is not straight in the affairs
of the life which now is. There are others, but
enumeration is not a very profitable or a pleasant
task. Take them all together, gather them in
a crowd in your memory, and then set yourself
this exercise for your sanctification and growth
in grace. Realise that the Lord your God is
the God also of these unlovable people. Get
that idea thoroughly into your heart, and say it
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to yourself, if need be, many times a day. These
people look up to Him in worship just as you do.
They have their sacred hours in His presence
just as you have. There is nothing you look for
to God, that they do not seek, too, from Him.
They are not of a different order from you, but
the same order. And though you do not love
them, God does. Though they are outside of
your circle, they are not outside of His. The
God of Jacob is their God. And therein lies for
them, as it did for Jacob, the hope and promise
of better things to come.
If we remembered that, should we not be more
patient and forbearing with them than we are,
keener to look for the best in them, and to make
the best of them than we are ? Just to think
of what is meant by the " God of Jacob "is to
set our sharp and bitter judgments of others
over against the infinitely tender compassion
and patience and longsuffering of God. All the
wonder of the divine grace is hidden in the phrase.
And this is the wonder that God never grows
tired even of disagreeable people. He does not
give up caring even for the unlovable. But oh !
what poor sons and daughters of the Lord
Almighty we are, with our quick, rash final
judgments and our hard, unbrotherly hearts !
Did you ever ask yourself what some of these
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unlovable people are doing, the while you and I
are telling each other how impossible and
unlovable they are ? George Eliot suggests it
somewhere thus : " While we are coldly dis
cussing a man s career, sneering at his mistakes,
and labelling his opinions Evangelical and
narrow or Latitudinarian and. pantheistic/ or
Anglican and supercilious/ that man in his
solitude is perhaps shedding hot tears because
his sacrifice is a hard one, because strength and
patience are failing him to speak the difficult
word and do the difficult deed." Ah, yes, it s
a mercy that there is a God even for unlovable
But there is a question that has been waiting
all this time, and we must ask it before we close.
What about ourselves, you and me P Are we such
lovable people that we can afford to judge others ?
Do we never rub our friends the wrong way,
and, without meaning it, annoy and disappoint
and repel them ? Are our religious profession and
our daily practice so very much in keeping that
we may talk about prigs and self-righteous people
as if they belonged to an entirely different world ?
May I speak for you all and say humbly " No " ?
No, God knows they are not ! The fact is that
if we know ourselves at all well, we must be
aware that we have it in us to be quite as dis-
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agreeable and selfish and self-righteous as any
body. It is only our best beloved who do not
get tired of us, and sometimes even they must
be hard put to it.
But there is a blessed Gospel for those who
have made that discovery about themselves.
There is a God of Jacob. Abraham is too high
for us, and Isaac is too saintly, but Jacob, faulty,
disappointing, unlovable, yet by God s grace
redeemed and perfected at last, Jacob is the
man for us ! The hope and comfort of all who
have learned what they really are is that " the
God of Jacob is our refuge/
BRING us, we pray Thee, O God, into a truer
knowledge of ourselves. Make us to learn how
frail we are, how poor and blind and naked ; to
the end we may regard with due charity the
shortcomings of others, and may worthily praise
Thy great Mercy, who yet hast not turned away
Thy face from us. For Jesus sake. Amen.
" Elijah went a day s journey
into the wilderness, and came
and sat under a juniper tree, and
requested for himself that he
(i KINGS xix. 4.)
UNDER THE JUNIPER TREE
A WELL-KNOWN writer relates that, when passing
through Edinburgh once, he saw a procession of
Friendly Societies, and observed on one of the
banners the name emblazoned, The Order of the
Juniper Tree. His comment is : " Many of us
belong to that order." So we do. And, because
of that, we can diagnose Elijah s trouble quite
accurately. He is suffering, as we have all
suffered at some time or other, from the pains
and penalties of reaction. Just because he had
climbed to a height almost superhuman, the re
action when it came was very black and terrible.
The Bible is too wise and too true to human
nature to conceal the fact that for his hour
of splendid daring, Elijah had his price to
It s a commonplace, of course, but just one
of those commonplaces which in the bulk spell
wisdom, that there was a physical reason for
this condition. To put it plainly, Elijah was
tired out. He had been using up his physical
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and nervous energy at such a ruinous rate during
the past few hours, that he had overdrawn his
account. It strikes one as a very significant
fact that when God s angel took the prophet in
hand, the first thing he did was to provide him
with a meal. Elijah was actually on his way
back to his normal condition when he had had
something to eat.
That is not a mere incident in the story. It
is exceedingly important, because, sometimes
the religious depression with which we are
acquainted arises in a similar way. It is a very
useful fact to remember that a man s whole
religious outlook is coloured by the condition of
his health. We may be slow to admit such a
low and material cause for effects so apparently
spiritual. But it is a fact all the same. And it
is only wise to recognise it.
But Elijah s reaction was not entirely or even
mainly physical in its origin. He had been in
a very exalted spiritual condition during the
contest on Carmel. Think what the man had
done ! He had stood alone in the path of a
whole nation rioting down to idolatry and shame-
lessness, and with voice and presence and fire
from Heaven had stopped and turned them,
driven the huddled, frightened sheep back again
to the ways and the worship of God. Was it to
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be wondered at that his very soul within him
was faint under the strain ?
Though the vision and the privileges of the
hill-top are what the best men covet most, it
is but little of it at a time that any one can
stand. Do you remember that Jesus would
not let Peter and James and John remain long
on the Mount of the Transfiguration, even though
they wanted to build tabernacles and dwell
there ? There have been few greater spiritual
experts than John Bunyan, and when he has
described how his pilgrim fared in the Palace
Beautiful, how he slept in a chamber called
Peace, how he saw afar off the Delectable Land,
whither he was journeying, where does he take
him next ? Straight down into the Valley of
Humiliation, where he has to fight for his life
against the darts of the Evil One flying as thick
as hail I
There is no cure for reaction, of course, but
there are one or two rules which experience has
proved to be helpful.
For example, it is never a wise thing, when
you are depressed, to attempt to form any judg
ment about yourself, your service, or your standing
in the sight of God. By some Satanic impulse,
that is the very time, of course, when you will
be tempted to do it. It may appear a very
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wholesome spiritual exercise when you have gone
a day s journey into the wilderness and are faint,
to reckon up what manner of man and disciple
of Christ you are. But don t do it then. Nobody
sees truly either himself or God, under a juniper
And then, if possible, do not speak about
your despondency. Don t express your mood out
wardly at all, if you can help it. Bottle it up if
you can, and you will starve it all the sooner.
His biographer relates of the late Ian Maclaren
that, like many people who have Celtic blood in
their veins, he was subject to curious fits of
depression and gloom which did not seem to
be in any way connected with bodily health.
" But/ he goes on to say, " he never inflicted
his melancholy moods on his family, was only
very quiet and absorbed, and kept more closely
to his study. In a day or two he would emerge
again, like a man coming out into the sunshine."
And lastly. Once a man has sworn himself a
disciple and soldier of Jesus Christ, neither doubt
nor depression, neither darkness nor reaction
absolves him from the obligation to follow and
to serve when he is called. It must be confessed
that it is an undue sense of the importance of
our own feelings that makes the juniper- tree-
mood the peril and hindrance that it is. We
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need to remember that the call of Christ over
rides personal feelings. In His army too, there
is discipline to be thought of, and "it is not
soldierly to skulk/ When the bugle calls to
action, nobody but a coward would make the
fact that he is not feeling quite up to the mark,
an excuse for sitting still. Reaction is a natural
thing, but cowardice is always shameful.
O Lord our God, we bless Thee for the comfort
of Thy perfect knowledge of us. We are glad
to think that Thou knowest our frame and
rememberest that we are dust. Make us more
wise to bring the burden of our moods of darkness
and reaction to the footstool of Thy perfect
understanding ; but save us, we beseech Thee,
from all yielding in the long fight against them.
Seeing that Thy grace is sufficient for us and Thy
strength made perfect in our weakness, grant
us a godly fear of all unmanly surrender. For
Thy Name s sake. Amen.
" // any man will do his will
he shall know of the doctrine."
(JOHN vii. 17.)
INSTRUCTING THE CABIN BOY
WHEN John Wesley was on his way home from
Georgia, he wrote this record of the voyage
in his Journal : " Being sorrowful and very
heavy (though I could give no particular
reason for it) and utterly unwilling to speak
close to any of my little flock (about twenty
persons), I was in doubt whether my own
neglect of them was not one cause of my
heaviness. In the evening, therefore, I began
instructing the cabin boy, after which I was
This is a significant passage for various reasons.
For one thing, it lets us see that even a spiritual
genius like Wesley sometimes fell into the mood
of doubt. And, for another, it shows how, almost
by accident, as it seems, he found a cure for his
trouble. It is plain that religion just then had
lost its savour for the great evangelist. The joy
had gone out of his service and the power from
his prayers, and he was not sure of anything at
all. This is practical doubt, the only serious kind
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there is. " Being sorrowful and very heavy and
There are not a few men and women whose
trouble this is. They are in straits to know what
is really God s truth. They greatly desire to
lay hold of it surely for themselves. The tre
mendous earnestness of those who have found
the old dogmas unsatisfying, and are adrift again
in a twentieth century search for God, is one
of the most significant features of the situation.
Can a man really come in touch with God ?
they ask. Is there a living Christ whose presence
redeems men from evil and can lift them up to
what they long to be ? Is there a life with God
which even Death cannot end ? And those who
are in such deep earnest to know God vitally
for themselves, are sorrowful and heavy indeed
to find that all their thinking and reading and
inquiry do so little for them. They pray for
light, and examine all the evidence with a wistful
eagerness, but the clouds still lie around them,
and they are still wandering, now in this direc
tion, now in that, like men lost in a mist.
Is there no way out of this tangle ? Yes,
there ts. To all who are sorrowful and heavy
because they know so little they can call their
own about God and spiritual living, I want to
say, There is a way forward, a safe, sure way. It
134 Instructing the Cabin Boy
is the way that Wesley stumbled upon. " I
began instructing the cabin boy." That is the
way for you and me to a fuller experience of God.
That is the simple solution which so many
thousands of us have overlooked, and it was the
discovery of Jesus Christ. When asked how
He knew about God, He answered that it was
because He was doing God s will, and He added,
If any man, no matter who, no matter what his
doubts be, if any man be willing to do God s
will, where, and as, it is clear to him, he too shall
know. God will not leave him in ignorance of
what is really essential.
Nowhere, except in the Bible, do you find such
a method of learning recommended. From no
body but Christ could such a precept come, for
it is clean contrary to all that we know about
learning in other spheres. Study and you will
know, think, investigate, ask questions that,
we can understand. That is how knowledge
comes to us in the realms with which we are
acquainted. But when men asked Christ how
they could learn God s truth for themselves, He
said, First of all you must obey it. Do, and
you will know.
You remember the lepers whom Christ touched,
of whom it is written that " as they went, they
were healed ? " That is how the only sort
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of doubt that really matters is healed. As you
go, not as you sit still and puzzle, but as you
shoulder the nearest duty and obey what light
and knowledge you have.
" I don t know/ Wesley would say to himself,
" whether I am in my right place here or not,
whether I am really Christ s servant or not. I
am in the dark, and don t seem to be sure of any
thing. But there is that cabin boy. I can at
least do him some good. That is right anyhow,
whatever be uncertain." "After which," he
says, " I was much easier." It is marvellous
to read, but it is a law as certain and safe as
gravitation. Do God s will as you know it, and
you will get more light. " Doubt of any sort,"
said Thomas Carlyle, " cannot be removed except
It is hardly necessary to say, of course, that
the knowledge which Christ promises to those
who will obey God s will is not of dogma in its
restricted theological sense. It was life Christ
talked about, it was life He was concerned with,
and, for Him, life meant not head-knowledge,
but heart-experience and heart-hold of God.
It is that He promises in His great saying. So
do not make the mistake of thinking that when
you seek to do the Will of God, all your mental
difficulties, about miracles or inspiration or
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what not else, will come to an end. These are
problems, not of life, but of mind, and you have
them because God has given you a mind, and
you will probably have them as long as your
mind is growing. What Christ does promise is
of vastly more importance, namely, the light
of God s truth in your heart, the assurance of
God in your inmost soul, that you shall know for
yourself that God is, and that He is near to you,
and that your true life is in Him ; and when a
man has got that length, there are many doctrinal
and other mental puzzles for the solution of which
he is content to wait with an easy trust and
I like that saying of Viscount Kenmure s,
away back in the sixteenth century, " I will lie
at Christ s door like a beggar, and, if I may not
knock, I will scrape." I like it, for this reason,
that I am quite sure there is no essential door of
God in earth or heaven which is shut against the
man who casts himself so utterly on Him as that.
And I take Kenmure s word to illustrate what
Jesus meant by If any man will do God s will. It
is when a man says, I cannot see, I do not know,
my mind is filled with spectres and doubts and
questions, but, so help me God, I will do the
thing that is right for me, I will walk by what
little light I have it is then, it is to that man
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that there come infallibly the knowledge which
no criticism can shake, and the peace which the
world can neither give nor take away.
O Lord our God, we thank Thee for this one
straight road out of our doubts, and the diffi
culties we so often make for ourselves. We
bless Thee for the stedfast certainty that no man,
who will rise and follow what light he has, shall
finally be left in darkness. By doing shall we
come to know. As we go upon our clear duty,
other truths become more clear. It is our Lord s
own doctrine, and in His Name we pray that
Thou would st help us to learn it. Amen.
" The valley of Achor for a
door of hope"
(HoSEA xxv. 15.)
GOD S DOOR OF HOPE
THE world has a scheme of redemption of its own,
and men can themselves do something for the
brother who has fallen. But the plan involves,
invariably, a change of surroundings. Worldly
wisdom says, of the youth who is making a mess
of his life, " Ship him off to the colonies, try him
with a new start on another soil." But the grace
of God promises a far more wonderful salvation.
It makes possible a new start on the very spot
of the old failure. It leads a man back to the
scene of his old disloyalty, and promises him
a new memory that shall blot out and redeem
the old. God does not take the depressed and
discouraged out of their surroundings. He adds
an inward something that enables them to con
quer where they stand. It is not some new
untried sphere that God gilds with promise. It
is the old place where one has already failed and
fallen. It is the valley of Achor, the scene of
Israel s defeat, and Achan s shame and sin, that
God gives to His people as a door of hope.
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In Italian history, during the Middle Ages,
the republics of Pisa and Genoa were often at
war, and at one time the Genoese were badly
beaten in a sea-fight near the little island of
Meloria. Some years after, a Genoese admiral
took his fleet to that same spot and said, " Here
is the rock which a Genoese defeat has made
famous. A victory w r ould make it immortal."
And sure enough, the fight that followed ended
in a great victory for Genoa. It is that sort of
hope that God holds out to all defeated souls
who put their trust in Him. He points us back
to our valley of Achor, the place with a memory
we do not like to think of, and He says, There
is your door of Hope, Go back and try again.
And those who go back in His strength are
enabled to write a new memory upon the old
Our Lord and Master is very gracious to for
give us when we come to Him in penitence to
tell Him of the position we have lost by our
faithlessness or our cowardice, but He does not
consent to the ultimate defeat of the very feeblest
of His soldiers. " Go back and try again/ is
His order. There are many, as Dr Matheson says,
who offer us a golden to-morrow, but it is only
Christ who enables us to retrieve our yesterday.
For His grace is more than forgiveness. It is
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the promise to reverse the memory of Achor, to
turn defeat into victory even yet.
Achor, further, literally means Trouble, and
it is a great thing for us when we have learned
that even there God has for us a door of hope.
The valley of Trouble is perhaps the last place
in the world where the uninstructed would look
for any fruit of harvest, and yet again and again
men have brought the fairest flowers of character
and holiness out of it. How many a devout and
useful servant of Christ owes the beginning of
his allegiance to a serious illness, to some crippling
disappointment, to an overwhelming sorrow ?
In all humility there are many who can say, It
is good for me that I have been afflicted, and there
are many, many more about whom their friends
often quote that text.
" I walked a mile with Pleasure ;
She chattered all the way,
But left me none the wiser
For all she had to say.
" I walked a mile with Sorrow,
And ne er a word said she,
But oh, the things I learned from her,
When Sorrow walked with me ! "
There is a door of Hope even in the valley of
Trouble, and those who tread it in God s company
shall not fail to find it.
There is one other class who need to know that
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even in Achor there is a door of hope, the depressed
and discouraged. Phillips Brooks once declared,
" I came near doing a dreadful thing the other
day. I was in East Boston and I suddenly felt
as if I must get away from everything for a while.
I went to the Cunard dock and asked if the
steamer had sailed. She had been gone about
an hour. I believe if she had still been there,
I should have absconded." I wonder if there
is any one who has not known that feeling ?
When duty is dull, and circumstances discourag
ing, when we seem to be merely ploughing the
sands, " Oh," we say, " for the wings of a dove ! "
Comfort and happiness and salvation seem to lie
solely in escape. And it may be that they do.
But more often the trouble is in ourselves, and
would travel with us to the new post.
If there be any depressed or discouraged read
ing these lines, I should like to remind them of
God s promise to give the valley of Achor that
is the depressing scene of your labours, my brother
for a door of hope. You are looking for your
hope somewhere else, anywhere else provided it
be out of your present rut and drudgery. In
reality your door of hope lies in the rut, in the
valley itself. It is not escape you need. It is
just a braver faith that God is in your valley
with you, and that He needs you there.
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Take a firmer grip of that, and go back to where
you serve, and you will find, please God, that
even in your valley He has opened for you a door
of Hope and Gladness.
May all those who are living and working these
days in the valley of Achor find in it somewhere
God s Door of Hope.
Grant us, O God, the faith that in Thy strength
we can yet succeed even in the place where we
have failed. Teach us that it is Thy whisper we
hear, when we have fallen into Despond, bidding
us rise and try again. And grant us the courage
to be sure, since Thou hast a tryst to meet and
help us there, that even our Achor shall open
to us its door of hope. Amen.
" There be many servants
now-a-days that break away
every man from his master."
(i SAMUEL xxv. 10.)
NABAL, says the Bible, was a churl. When
David sent his men to request some provender,
in return for services rendered, this ill-manered
sheep-farmer broke out, " Who is David ? There
be many servants now-a-days that break away
every man from his master." It was a singularly
rude and ungracious reply, all things considered.
But it is not about Nabal s truculence I wish to
speak. I want you to think about that phrase
he used, and the tone in which it was said.
" Now-a-days." The implication, of course, is that
servants did not break away from their masters
in his young days Things were different in the
times he could remember.
You will recognise this peculiar intonation of
" Now-a-days " as something fairly familiar. You
hear it yet, quite often. Now-a-days the Church
has lost caste . Now- a- days the Bible is a neglecte d
book. Now-a-days faith is on the wane, and most
people don t believe anything at all. There are
many such sentences, beginning with the word
Now- a- days and sounding like a chant on a minor
This pessimistic philosophy is difficult to fight,
for it is unsubstantial, and dissolves like mist
whenever you come to close quarters. But there
are three queries I have noted in my Bible opposite
that " Now-a-days " of Nabal.
And the first is What about the man himself ?
Judge his philosophy by his actions. Nabal ap
parently believed that servants were getting
entirely out of hand, and he speaks as if he
remembered something very different in his own
early days. Very good. What was he doing
to maintain the old standards ? Nothing, less
than nothing. His personal manners and be
haviour were such that servants would be very
ready to break away on that farm, I should
think. Now, what business has Nabal to go
whining, in general terms, mark you, about
servants now- a- days, when he behaves like a boor
to his own ? For any declension which he may
see about him, he is himself largely responsible.
I think that it is a perfectly fair line of argu
ment, and it disposes of quite a number of pious
" inexactitudes." When I hear a man talking
about the lost influence of the Church now- a- days,
I am always tempted to inquire what his own
relation to it is, whether he is loyally supporting
it and working in its interests, for experience
has taught me that a very great deal of exaltation
of the Church s past records, at the expense of
its position to-day, comes from men who are
themselves doing absolutely nothing to help it
on its way. There are exceptions, of course,
but, as a rule, it is not the active workers in
any worthy cause who are lamenting its failure.
The men who think the country is going to the
dogs are themselves to be found, for the most
part, lolling in the clubs. It is not the pledged
and active member of Christ s kingdom who
thinks it is disappearing from the earth. And
to those who are fond of the Now-a-days type of
complaint, I would suggest the inquiry What
about yourself ? Are you helping to keep up
the old standards as you say you remember
them ? Or is your influence also tending to
set this ball of the earth rolling in the very
direction you deplore, namely, down the hill ?
The second query on Nabal s " Now-a-days "
is Can his memory be relied upon ? It is an
instinct with us all to idealise the past, and gild it
in memory with all sorts of romance. We quietly
drop all the shadows from the picture as time
goes on. Were ever summer days since so long
and fine and sunny as they were when we were
boys ? Never ! We are all agreed about that.
Yet when we were boys, men who were then
grey were using exactly the same words about
summer days years before ! We are all apt to
praise the past just because it is the past, and
because it has a way of turning rosy as it recedes.
The wise man recognises that, and allows for it.
The foolish man begins many sentences with
" Now-a-days," and ends with a shake of the
head and a sigh.
But there is something that does not forget
nor gild the past with false romance, and that
is history. Turn back its pages a hundred years
or more ; read such a book as H. G. Graham s
" Social Life in Scotland in the Eighteenth
Century " ; and you will soon discover what a
fine word Now-a-days really is.
As far as humanity and civilisation, brotherly
charity, and true religion are concerned, the man
who in pessimistic mood contrasts now-a-days with
the good old times a hundred years ago, simply
does not know what he is talking about. Changes
there have been, many and radical, but change
is not necessarily a sign either of declension or
I can partly understand a man without faith
in God giving his vote for a general falling off
in human progress, but I cannot understand a
man who believes in God, and in the presence
in the world of a living spirit of Christ, being
a pessimist. No one affirms, of course, that we
are progressing everywhere, and all the time.
Set-backs here and there, there are in human
history just as in a successful campaign. But
that, on the whole, the world grows better, the
Kingdom comes, and earth draws nearer to
Heaven, seems to me to be simply a corollary
from the fact that God reigns, and has blessed
us with knowledge of Himself.
I grant you that the war is a disappointing
revelation of how far mankind still has to travel.
But, as far as we are concerned, I am not dis
posed to counsel undue humiliation and self-
condemnation on account of it. A people that
for the sake of unseen eternal realities like honour
and righteousness will make the sacrifices which
we are making, can hardly be said to be
degenerating, especially when we remember
some of the causes for which we have drawn
the sword in years and generations gone by.
But even though the clock of progress be set
back awhile and that does not seem so likely
now as when the war began it is simply not
possible that, in this world of God s, evil should
ultimately vanquish good, that the Spirit of
Christ should finally be crushed by the forces
that oppose it. That can never be. As soon
might the germs of disease which the sun destroys
turn round upon it and quench its blessed light.
The third query opposite Nabal s " Now-a-days "
is Does he truly discern the present time ?
Does he know " now- a- days " even as well as he
knows the past ? As a matter of fact, David
was not just a servant who had broken away
from his master, and if Nabal had only lived a
little longer he would have seen how completely
he had misread the signs of the times.
That is worth remembering when you are
tempted to say, Now-a-days things are out of
joint. Maybe you don t clearly see these very
days you are disparaging. When Jesus preached
in Nazareth, the village where He had been
brought up, the people said, Is not this the
Carpenter ? and in their anger at His presumption,
as they thought it, they wanted to make away
with Him. If they had only known !
It is not enough to recognise that we cannot
see the future. We cannot even see the present.
Think what it would be like if we could see the
great men, the prophets, poets, reformers, leaders,
who are at this present moment in our nurseries
and schools, or if we were able to recognise in
the at present small shoot of a cause, the
great tree into which in God s providence it is
destined to grow !
Now- a- days ; now- a- days ! What a delusion it
is for anybody to think he knows " now-a-
days " well enough to call it names ! It is not
with observation that the Kingdom comes. God
rings no bell when He has a new and gracious
purpose afoot in the world. And the thing for
you and me to do is to rest confidently in the
faith that, in His own good way and time, God
is redeeming the world to Himself, and to do all
that we can to help Him, and to make our little
corner of it a brighter and a better place. But
do not let us imagine that we can see all that
is going on about us. There is far, far more of
God and of goodness in the world than we suspect.
The woods and hedges look very bleak and bare
to-day. 1 It is a dead and barren aspect that
Nature wears now- a- days. Yet even now the sap
is mounting quickly in every living stem, and
Spring is getting ready while we sleep.
So, let us have the courage to believe so is
it with every worthy cause of God and man.
Almighty God, Ruler and Disposer of all
events, we would remember that this world of
ours is, first of all, Thine. We believe that,
though Thy Kingdom comes not with observation
1 Written in February.
yet it does come more and more. We believe
that, with Thee, the best is yet to be. And
we pray that, with that faith in our hearts, we
may leave the large campaign with quietness
and confidence to Thee, and seek rather to
discharge the duties of that post Thou hast
assigned to us, with loyalty and good hope.
"And a certain man drew a
bow at a venture."
(2 CHRONICLES xviii. 33
IT sounds improbable that though a whole
army was trying to kill Ahab, it should be an
arrow which a man shot at a venture, or as
the Hebrew has it, quaintly, " in his simplicity "
when twanging his bow carelessly, or trying a
new string perhaps that should find the king s
And yet it is the thing that does happen occa
sionally in real life. We sometimes do get the
target when we are aiming for something else.
The name which we have been worrying to recall
strolls casually into our memory when we have
given up trying and are not thinking of it at all.
There are certain stars, astronomers tell us,
which they see best when they look askance.
And I have come to think that there are certain
precious goods of His which God allows us to
possess on the same conditions. You see them
by looking past them. You get them by aiming
at something else. " Look at your goal and go
for it straight," says worldly wisdom, wisely
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and truly enough in many instances. All the
same there are good things in life to which that
is emphatically NOT the road. The real way to
secure these is to aim for something else.
This is true, for example, of Happiness. Every
one of us wants to be happy. And there is such
a bountiful provision of the means of happiness
all about us that it is difficult to resist the
conclusion that God means us all to be happy.
Yet when those for whom happiness is meant
and prepared seek it directly and for itself, it
is as certain as anything can be that they won t
find it. You ask, perhaps you pray for this
boon, and God shows you only some bare duty
that is clearly yours. Out to it you go, like a
brave man, not thinking there can be any blessings
on that road, when, lo ! as you journey, happiness
comes to you, quietly, filling your heart with
One does not find that the New Testament, as
a matter of fact, has much to say about being
happy at all. There is so little reference to it
that it looks as if God had forgotten our need.
I find that the Book which I had thought might
tell me how to find happiness tells me instead
of " bearing one another s burdens," doing it
" unto one of the least of these " ; tells me about
my brother s need of me when he is sick or naked
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or hungry ; tells me even about such a thing as
a cup of cold water to a thirsty disciple. Ah !
but when, in however poor a fashion, I forget
my own quest and gird myself in Christ s name
and try to DO some of these things, I find that
God has not forgotten after all, that, all the
time He has been showing me THE way to happi
ness, and I did not recognise it because it is not
a straight road. It s not a question of seeking,
but of forgetting to seek. Happiness comes to
you oftenest when you are intent on bringing
it to your brother.
The same principle holds true also with regard
to Influence. It is natural that a man should
desire that his shadow when it falls on others
should heal and not hurt. But the healing,
helpful shadow is not got by wishing for it.
As soon as you begin to think about it and aim
for it, you will go astray. Here is a little poem
which tells how the strange magnetic quality
of influence for good comes to a man :
" He kept his lamp still lighted,
Though round about him came
Men who, by commerce blighted,
Laughed at his little flame.
He kept his sacred altar
Lit with the torch divine,
Nor let his purpose falter,
Like yours, O World, and mine.
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And they whose cold derision
Had mocked him, came one day
To beg of him the vision
To help them on their way.
And, barefoot or in sandal,
When forth they fared to die,
They took from his poor candle
One spark to guide them by."
That is the secret a roundabout way, as you see.
If Influence is to be ours, that is how it will come,
not by our trying to be influential, but by our
striving to be upright, loyal, and true.
In the third place, this is true of Life in Christ s
sense of the term. Life was one of His favourite
words. It was Life, in the highest sense, that
He claimed to bring to men. And the greatest
calamity in His eyes that could fall on any man
is that that inward soul-life should die.
Yet when those in whom He has awakened it,
aim directly for its growth and culture, they
make mistakes. To the question Shall I regard
the development and deepening of that soul-life
of mine as the one end and object of my living ?
the answer of Jesus, as I understand it, is No.
Life, said He, at its highest and fullest and most
perfect, is reached by giving it away. He that
loseth his life shall save it.
What a long way from this ideal are those good
people who are for ever laying their fingers on
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their spiritual pulse and plucking their soul-life
up by the roots to see how it is growing ! There
is a nobler use of life than to save it in that fear
ful fashion. There is a truer way to grow in grace
than by hoarding up virtue so, namely, by letting
it go generously out from us. When St Nicholas
got to Heaven with his white robes of sainthood
stained with mud through stopping on his way
to help a carter pull his waggon out of a rut
a task which his fellow St Cassianus, for the
sake of his robes, avoided and declined it was
the muddy saint whom the Master welcomed
with the sweetest smile and the most gracious
words. Whoso loseth his life, the same shall
Happiness, Influence, Life, these three, and
the road to each of them is indirect. May
God bless it to us that we have stood for a
little to mark the flight of an arrow shot " in
simplicity ! "
O Lord our God, may we have grace to dis
cover the blessings that lie on Thy roundabout
roads. May we never make the mistake of
thinking that the path to true happiness is the
one that runs straight towards it. Keep us true
to Christ, and we shall not then be false to any
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man. And give us to know that we are likest
Him, not when we hoard and cherish life and
virtue, but when we spend them without stint
or measure in any worthy cause of God or man,
for His sake. Amen.
" Why was not this ointment
sold for three hundred pence,
and given to the poor ? "
(JOHN xii. 5.)
THE EXTRAVAGANCE OF LOVE
" WHEREVER this Gospel is preached, this that
she had done shall be told as a memorial of her."
What a gracious memorial, and how worthy of
it was Mary s beautiful outburst of generosity !
But what a pity that the speech of Judas should
be recorded also, as a memorial of him ! And
yet, on mature consideration, we would not have
the Judas criticism forgotten. Because it called
forth what we might not otherwise have had,
the vindication of Jesus Himself. And because,
as a matter of fact, we are constantly hearing
the protest of Judas repeated in our own day,
and are often ill-held to know how to meet it.
" This he said," records our evangelist bluntly,
" not because he loved the poor, but because he
was a thief and kept the bag." Yet he might
have been an honest man and said the same
thing. For very many honest and earnest men
and women are repeating this criticism still.
It is repeated whenever it is taken for granted
that practical utility is the only standard by
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which to judge actions and offerings, that God
and man can be served in no other way than by
" iron bars and perspiration."
How often do we meet the type of mind that
admits the service of a ploughman and denies
that of poet or artist, for whom a waterfall, as
somebody has said, exists merely as so much power
for driving turbines, and whose sole test of use
fulness is that of making two blades grow and
corn blades at that ! where but one grew before.
We are commonly browbeaten by this type of
person, and yet we feel that somehow, if we
could only say it, he is wrong that the poet s
is as divine a vocation as the farmer s, that God
meant a silver band of falling water in a green
glade to suggest other things besides dynamos,
and that he who even paints some blades of grass,
and paints them pleasingly, has his place some
where in the great guild of servants of God and
One has heard the same attitude taken up in
other directions too. Why spend so much money
on a Church, you will be asked, when there are
so many poor people in the land ? What need
for stone pillars and a fine organ, when a plain
building and a harmonium would do as well ?
Why try to secure what is called a beautiful
Church service, dignified, stately, musical, when
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the very baldest worship is acceptable in God s
sight, if only it be sincere ? We have heard all
that, and other remarks like that, often, and we
have seldom been able to give reasons against
them. A mere instinctive sentiment seems a
feeble thing to oppose to such cold and hard
facts. Yet somehow we feel that it is all wrong
if only we knew how to convict it.
Did it ever occur to you that Jesus Himself
has answered that objection and others like it
when He vindicated Mary s action that night ?
There is no doubt that her ointment cost a deal
of money, money that could have fed many
hungry people. It was an extravagant offering,
without any practical outcome, save that Jesus
was refreshed. There is no doubt also about
our Lord s sympathy with the poor and needy.
And yet He upheld Mary s action, and would not
have it called wasteful ! All that could be said
in its favour was that it was beautiful, that it
touched Jesus keenly, and influenced all who saw
it done. And that, as I read the story, was one
reason at least why Jesus defended it. He
allows the Beautiful. He would have the Beauti
ful honoured for its own sake even in a world so
full of sorrow and trouble as this.
For my part, I am very grateful that this word
of Christ s has been recorded. For it affords
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sufficient warrant for declaring the poet, the
artist, the architect, and all those who are trying
to make the world more beautiful, God s servants
too, offering Him a gift He does not disdain to
recognise, as truly as the physician, the philan
thropist, and the preacher whose object is to
make it better.
Beauty of form and structure has been lavished
profusely by the Creator on creatures too small
to be seen. There are more things grow out of
God s earth than corn for food or timber for
building houses. There s the heather and the
wild flowers, the daisies and the violets. Hard-
headed common-sense asks What s the use of
them ? What good do they do ? The answer
is that they are beautiful, and that seems in
God s sight to be justification enough for having
So when we see Love breaking her alabaster
box, and pouring forth her offering without stint,
as she is doing every day a mother lavishing
care upon an ungrateful son, a husband surround
ing a peevish wife with a tireless devotion, or "a
sister keeping her own love-dream at arm s
length that she may guard and guide some grace
less brother let us lay our hands upon our lips
when we are tempted to criticise. These actions
may be foolish, extravagant, quixotic, and may
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outrage every canon of common-sense. But there
is a fragrance about them without which the world
would be much poorer. They are morally beauti
ful, and for that reason, our Lord Himself would
teach us, they are not to be rudely handled nor
judged by any hard standard.
Yes, but He said more than that. He found
a more complete extenuation of Mary s extrava
gance. It was because she loved much. Her
gift was an offering of love to Himself. " She
hath done it for my burial/ And that is the
end of the whole matter, my brothers. Love is
always extravagant when measured by the tape-
line of bare duty. It always overflows. It breaks
its box and gives everything it has. Yet,
like the widow s cruse of old, its casket is never
empty, for even when it has given its all, the
next needy case will find succour at that door.
Take your charity subscription sheet to the man
who loudly asserts that too much money is being
given to the Kirk this dull season, and what will
you get ? Take it also to the man who has
signed a bigger cheque than he can well afford
that the House of his God may be made beautiful,
and it will be strange if you are sent empty away.
Ah no, it is not Mary, whose devotion has found
outlet in some sudden generosity, it is not she
who neglects the poor.
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O Lord our God, whose we are and Whom we
seek to serve, enlighten us, we pray Thee, in the
knowledge and practice of that supreme service
which is love. May we learn that the greatest
thing in our little lives is the love they hold
for God and man. Teach us to appraise love s
extra everywhere as those who have also felt and
understand. And when our own gift and offer
ing must needs be poor and small, may we be en
couraged by the remembrance that even a widow s
mite that love has offered is precious in Thy
" / know both how to be
abased, and I know how to
(PHILIPPIANS iv. 12.)
THE ART OF " DOING WITHOUT "
IN one of his letters, Paul declares that he knows
both how to be abased and how to abound.
Most people, who did not stop to think, would be
inclined to assert that the second of these lessons
did not require much learning. It s an easy enough
thing to be content, they would say, when you
have plenty. Far harder is it to learn how to do
without. I am not at all sure that that is right.
I rather think that, of the two, abundance is a
more searching test of a man s true quality than
scarcity ever is. Carlyle has declared that for
one man who will stand prosperity there are a
hundred that will stand adversity.
But whether that be so or not, there is no
question that it is a great thing to have the secret
of doing without. And the merest glance abroad
convinces us that it is of the utmost importance.
In literature, for example, the quality which
confers most distinction upon style is the art of
omission. Did not Stevenson, himself a master,
say that one who knew what to omit could mako
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an Iliad of the daily newspaper ? And the
commonest blunders in the great business of living
spring from ignorance of this secret. Why do
some people make themselves disagreeable in a
community by their touchiness and sulkiness ?
Simply because they have not learned how to
be abased, how to live without getting their own
way always, or without getting the praise or
recognition to which they feel themselves en
titled. It s an art, you see, which is well worth
It has to be added that opportunities for
practising it are never long wanting from any
body. We don t need to choose what things
we shall do without, as a rule. The things are
simply taken from us, or we never get them. It
may be our own fault, or it may not. The result
is the same. We have to do without. And we
give away our inmost self by the fashion in
which we do it.
There is, for example, the question of material
goods. It s easy to talk unreal nonsense here,
and we all must confess to wishing to have
more of this sort of property than we do possess.
But I honestly believe that the Apostle Paul did
not greatly concern himself whether he was,
materially speaking, well-off or ill-off. There are
other men that one knows who have attained to
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the same point of view. There s no question
either that for those whose religion is a vital
thing it is the right point of view. The real man
is independent of either riches or poverty, because
the real man is the man inside. Riches is not you.
Poverty is not you. You are what you are in
your inner spirit. The riches there are invisible,
but they are eternal love, faith, hope, peace.
And the man who has these, as Paul had them,
can honestly say that it is of relatively small
moment whether he is in a material sense, rich
Or take the question of friendship. Who can
tell in adequate words what it means to have one
true, loyal friend ? But it has happened some
times that the very closest friendships are broken
and a man has to stand alone, not by his own
choice, but in the grim ordering of things. There
is a higher obligation than that you keep faith
with your friends. First and foremost you must
keep faith with yourself, with your own conscience,
with the voice within. And it may be that
obedience to that involves seeming disloyalty
to your friends, either for a while or permanently.
Such a time came to Paul. He had for con
science sake to stand alone ; and he did it.
He was able to do it because his life did not rest
for its ultimate pillar on his friendships any more
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than on his riches. Paul s real life was within.
That inner life of his was enriched and made
radiant and constant by one supreme fact he
believed that Jesus Christ his Lord deigned to
share it with him in spirit. It is not irreverent
to say that in his inner soul Paul lived with
Maybe his words are too big for us to use, but
each of us who, at some hard bit of our journey,
has appealed beyond friends to the Christ within,
saying, " I have done, O Lord, what seemed
to me right. And my friends are hurt and
angry. But Thou knowest " that man has
learned, even in a slight degree, that there is
a nearer and truer blessing possible for sinful
men than even human friendship.
Then there is another thing that has sometimes
to be done without. There are privileges that
belong to every Christian man and woman,
and are in a sense their birthright the sense of
God, confidence, quietness of heart, hope. There
is no doubt that every real Christian should be
walking and working in the light and gladness
of God s presence.
But it is just as clear that not all are so blessed.
It may be their own fault. Doubtless in many
cases it is. Or it may be temperament or out
ward circumstances that determine it. Anyhow,
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many have to walk, not in the light but in un
certainty, perplexity, and misgiving, and some
times even in darkness.
But " a bird is a bird even though it cannot
sing." And a Christian is a Christian still even
though his soul is dark within him, and he goes
on in fear, never daring to look up and hope
That is spiritual abasement. It ought not to
be. It is never to be lightly acquiesced in.
But it happens sometimes to earnest men and
women, and it seems to be the settled condition
of a few. Is it possible to do without these
things ? Can a man manage to exist and even
move forward who has for a while lost his hold
on his faith and on God ? There are good and
godly men who have done it. Brother Lawrence
did it. Robertson of Brighton did it. Horace
Bushnell did it. And many, many more. When
all that they held most precious in faith had
been eclipsed for the time, they steered still by
the little light they knew. Though there should
be no heaven, they resolved that they were called
to be pure, truthful, patient, kind, since these
things could never be wrong. Though there
were no Christ, they would still follow where
He had once seemed to invite them. And so
doing and so following they came again to know.
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The darkness passed, and faith and gladness
returned. They had lost hold of God for a
little, but He had never lost hold of them.
And, brethren, whatever the doubt or darkness
be, that s always true. That is what makes it
possible at all. That is what may make it even
" It s better to walk in the dark with God
Than to walk alone in the light ;
Better to walk with God by faith
Than to walk alone by sight.
Our Gracious God and Father in Heaven,
whether Thou dost appoint for us poverty or
riches, save us from thinking that a man s life
consisteth in the abundance of the things which
he possesseth. Beyond all our friendships, be
Thou our Friend and Helper, and grant us to
seek first the blessing of our God. Make us
very sure, for their comforting and our own,
that when men in their darkness sorely seek
Thy face, the very ache of their quest is token
that Thou hast already found them. For Jesus
"And Moses said, I will now
turn aside and see this great sight.
(EXODUS iii. 3.)
MOSES, adds one commentator significantly, was
then eighty years of age. By the ordinary
standards, he was an old man, yet he had not
lost his youthful sense of wonder. It is a good
sign, the best of signs, when a man has lived so
long and yet finds wonder in his heart. It is a
bad sign when a man at any age, or when a
generation of men, find nothing in all God s
world to wonder at.
Yet in many quarters it is regarded as the cor
rect attitude to refrain from expressing surprise at
anything, no matter how striking. The utmost con
cession to be made to what is really wonderful is a
languid and patronising " Really? " That is always
a pitiful thing. For where there is no wonder there
can be no religion worthy of the name.
The instinct of worship and the instinct of
wonder are very intimately related. And where
the one has died, the other cannot be in a very
healthy state. "I had rather," said Ruskin
once, " live in a cottage and wonder at every-
thing, than live in Warwick Castle and wonder
at nothing." And his preference is to be com
mended. For he who has never wondered has
never thought about God in any way to be called
It was our Lord Himself who said that the
ideal of religion was the child- like heart. Every
one knows that these little people are always
being brought to a halt to wonder at something.
And Heaven is in very truth nearer to them
then, and they are more truly filled with its
spirit, than either you or I are when the glory
and bloom of this world unfold before our eyes,
or the thought of the Infinite and Eternal God
comes to us and we have not felt impelled to
bow our heads in silence and worship, spell
bound, and in a godly fear.
It is not hard to lay one s finger on some of
the causes that have brought about this state
of things. A silly fashion, for one cause, has
decreed that wonder is vulgar. Why that should
be so, no one can tell. But if there be higher
intelligences than ours in God s Universe, and
they see the sons of men, as they have plenty of
chances to do, casting an indifferent glance at
the full pomp and majesty of the setting sun,
or reading such a Psalm as the 103rd with an
untouched heart, how they must marvel indeed !
And then, of course, familiarity tends to blunt
the sense of wonder in a certain and common
type of mind. The best men have always resisted
that tendency and recognised that it works
harm to life and character. They have remem
bered to look for God in the common and familiar,
and that is a search that goes far to make a man
a saint, just because it is a continual prayer, a
continual holding open of the heart to God. His
answer is to fill the wondering heart, bit by bit,
Ignorance, too, is often a cause, the kind of
ignorance that calls itself knowledge. It is an
innocent delusion on the part of the youth
ful tyro in Science that after he has made a
little experiment with a prism and a beam of
sunlight, there is nothing wonderful in the rain
bow. Pure, profound Science on the other
hand, speaks very humbly and wonders all the
Nature is dumb and silent concerning the
Infinite behind it to him who goes but to catalogue
and dissect. Take a heart that can wonder
with you on your country-walk, open your eyes
and look, open your heart like a child and listen,
and you will find, as Moses found, that even in
a bush there may be the Voice of God. Hold
the door of your heart ajar in simple wonder,
and some thing of God will enter to cleanse and
freshen it, as the hot and dusty street is washed
by the rain from Heaven.
Just as he who goes to Nature with a heart
that cannot wonder, will find no message there
for him, so he who looks out upon the sanctities
of home, of human life and love, in that dull
mood of mere acceptance, must often find himself
hard pressed for material when he makes his
thanksgiving to God. George Eliot has spoken
somewhere of the agony of the thought that
we can never atone to the dead for the stinted
affection we gave them, for the " little reverence
we showed to that sacred human soul that lived
so close to us, and was the divinest thing God
has given us to know." The divinest thing
God has given us to know !
Have we realised that that gift of God to us
lives now in the same home with us ? Do you
know what it is ? It is a wife s devotion, a
mother s care, a brother s comradeship, a sister s
love. It is the trust and affection of little children,
and the patience of those who love us. And
yet there have been men judge ye if this be
not true who have lived close to gifts of God
like these, and taken them all unquestioned
and never wondered at the undeserved bounty
of them or their continuance from day to day.
How easy it is to discover the gifts and charm
of a stranger, how easy to wonder at that ! But
to wonder at the sacrifice and the patience of
the love that dwells under the same roof with us,
and stoops, in Mrs Browning s happy phrase,
" to the level of each day s most quiet need,"
how few of us do that ! And yet, without daily
wonder, how can we be sure that we do not slight
it, or requite it ill, how can we truly give our
thanks to God whose gift it is ?
Most important of all, he who brings no wonder
in his heart can never be touched with the sense
of God. The lack of the great deep and awful
wonder of our fathers in all their thought and
speech about God, has brought it about that our
religious speech to-day is too often either super
ficial, flippant and easy, or syllogistic, mechanical,
and hard. It is the absence of wonder that tempts
men to imagine that God can be enclosed in any
formula whatever, or brought to the hearts of
men in so many rigid propositions. If men
would but give their wonder expression when they
frame their creeds, there would be less chafing
where the edges are too sharp.
I am bound to confess that my sympathies are
altogether with a working man who once listened
to a fervid evangelist at a street corner unfolding
a scheme of salvation as clean-cut and mechanical
as a problem of Euclid, and buttonholed him
afterwards to inquire if he had ever read any
astronomy. No, he said, he had not. That s
a pity," said the artisan, " for, eh, man, but ye
have an awfu wee God." In all reverence, my
brothers, that is what the absence of wonder
brings us to, a small God, a small salvation, and
a merely mechanical Christ.
Men have sometimes asked what that child
hood of the Kingdom is on which Jesus laid so
much stress, and some have taken it to mean
renunciation of intellect and reason in favour
of a Church s dogma. But it means, says John
Kelman, something far more human and more
beautiful " it means wonder and humility and
responsiveness, the straight gaze of childhood
past conventionalities, the simplicity of a mind
open to any truth, and a heart with love alive
in it." That is surely right. That is what
becoming a little child in Christ s sense does
mean. First of all, wonder.
Almighty and eternal God, Creator and Ruler
of the Universe, dwelling in light that is inacces
sible and full of glory, whom no man hath seen
or can see, what is man that Thou art mindful
of him, and the son of man that Thou visitest
him ? Behold what manner of love the Father
hath bestowed upon us that we should be called
the sons of God ! Such knowledge is too wonder
ful for us ; it is high, we cannot attain unto it.
O come let us worship and bow down, let us kneel
before the Lord our Maker. Amen.
" If ye then, being evil, know
. . . how much more . . . youv
(LuKE xi. 13.)
THE FATHERHOOD OF GOD
IF it were a conceivable thing that we had to
part with all the words of Scripture save one,
and if we were allowed to choose that one, there
are some of us who would elect to retain that
great declaration of Jesus " If ye being evil
know . . . how much more . . . your heavenly
Father." For, having that, we should still be
rich in knowledge of the Love and Father
hood of God. We should still know Christ s
dominating conception of God, and have His last
and highest word regarding Him. We should
still be able to rise, as Jesus not only warrants
but invites us to do, from the little broken arc
of true fatherhood on earth to the perfect
round in Heaven.
At the warm reassuring touch of that " How
much more your heavenly Father " whole systems
of brainy divinity vanish away ! The truth of
the Fatherhood of God, vouched for and lived
on by Jesus, kills men s hard and unworthy and
hurtful thoughts about God as sunshine kills the
The Fatherhood of God
creatures that breed and prevail in darkness and
ignorance. They can no more live alongside
of a realisation that Christ s name for God is
His true name, and really describes His attitude
to all the sons of men, than the dark, creepy
things that live under the stone can remain there
when you turn it over and let in the air and the
But, say some, you must not carry the truth
of God s Fatherhood too far. What is too far ?
I ask. I want to carry it, and I believe Christ
means us to carry it, as far as ever it will stretch,
and that is " as far as the East is from the West."
Think of a father s GOOD-WILL. It is conceivable
that other men may do you a deliberate wrong.
But you are entitled to believe that your father
won t. You may not understand what he pro
poses, but you can be quite sure that he means
only your good. Henry Drummond tells how \
his early days were made miserable by the con- j
ception he had of God as of some great staring
Eye in the heavens watching all he did. But
that is a policeman s eye, not a father s.
There are many tokens that, even yet, we
have not realised what these blessed words of
Jesus mean and imply. A mother vainly trying
to answer the old, old question why her little
one was taken from her, will say, " Perhaps I
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was too fond of him." Or, should sudden
sorrow come, the explanation suggested by the
troubled one himself is, " I was too happy."
There are plenty of people who are afraid to
declare that they feel very well or are very
happy, in case the upper Powers should hear and
send trouble, apparently out of sheer malice !
" Bethankit, what a bonny creed ! " Oh ! what
a dreadful caricature of God ! How it must
pain the Father to hear His children talking
There is another mark of fatherhood, as we
know it on earth COMPASSION, pity, the willing
ness to forgive. There is no forgiveness on
earth like a father s or a mother s, none so
willing, none that will wait so long and yet give
itself without stint at last. Pity, as the world
of business and of ordinary relationship knows
it, is at best a transient emotion. It murmurs
a few easy words and then forgets. But parent
love suffereth long and is kind, hopes against
hope, and waits and is still hopeful when every
one else has written the offender down irreclaim
able. It is such compassion and pity for us
sinners, how great soever our sins be, that
Jesus would have us come for to God in Heaven.
But will not men abuse such patience and long-
suffering ? it is asked. Is it not a risky thing
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to tell them that God is our Father ? It is.
But it is the risk that Love takes cheerfully,
and that only Love can take. And when men talk
lightly and complacently about the great mercy
of God, there is something, I think, which they
have forgotten, namely, that at the heart of the
divine Fatherly forgiveness there lies the shadow
of the Cross. I do not say that in any conven
tional sense. I say it because I have seen for
myself that at the heart of all true earthly for
giveness of a fatherly sort there lies this same
mysterious shadow. Shall not the father for
give his returning prodigal ? Yea, verily, and
with all his heart. But, ah, before that, think
how the father has suffered with his son, and for
his son. The prodigal s shame is the father s
shame too, and lies heavy on his heart. And it
is out of a chamber where he and that pain have
long been companions that the earthly father
issues to welcome and receive at last the lad who
has sought his face penitent and in his right mind.
The welcome is real. The forgiveness is full and
free. And yet behind it there is sacrifice. The
price of it is suffering. Aback of it lies the
Cross ! That is what silences cheap thinking
and glib speech about the forgiveness of God.
If God s long-suffering be like a father s here, it
is, first, long suffering.
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The danger, however, is not that we abuse
God s grace knowingly and in callous complac
ency. Far more is it, I think, that we never
actually accept and realise and build our lives
upon the gracious compassion of the Heavenly
Father and His willingness to forgive.
Every parent ought to know Coventry Pat-
more s beautiful lyric, " The Toys." In it a
father tells how, when his little son had been
disobedient again and again, he struck him, and
sent him with hard words and unkissed to bed
"his mother, who was patient, being dead."
And when, later, he went upstairs to see him, he
found him asleep, his lashes still wet with tears,
and what touched him most on a table beside
\his bed all his little treasures heaped together
to comfort his sad heart a box of counters, and
a red- veined stone, a piece of glass abraded by
the beach, and six or seven shells, a bottle with
blue bells, and two French copper coins all his
little store of precious things.
So when that night I prayed
To God, I wept and said
" Ah, when at last we lie with tranced breath,
Not vexing Thee in death,
And Thou rememberest of what toys
We made our joys,
How weakly understood
Thy great commanded good,
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Then, fatherly not less
Than I, whom Thou hast moulded from the clay,
Thou It leave Thy wrath and say :
I will be sorry for their childishness. "
One word more about our Father s SILENCE.
Our fathers here on earth had their silences when
we were children. We asked him for something
that we wanted very much. And he gave no
reply. We went on asking. We expected to
get what we had set our hearts on. He heard
us hoping and believing that this good thing
would come to us, and he held his peace. But
we knew that silence, and we trusted it. We were
quite sure that he would have told us if we were
deceiving ourselves, that his gift, when it came,
would, at least, not be a mere mockery of our hopes .
, And I often think of these words of Christ s,
I " If a son shall ask bread of any of you tnat is a
v father, will he give him a stone ? " when I stand
by a graveside, and speak the words of radiant
hope with which we lay our beloved to rest. Our
Father hears us speak that hope. He has heard
hearts in an agony through all the generations
wish that it might be true that this bleak fact
of Death is not the end, but only the beginning
of a better thing. But He keeps silence. We
have no sure proof, only the blessed hope of the
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He keeps silence. But, my brethren, can we
not trust that silence since it is our Father s ?
We have asked this bread in our pain and through
our tears. We have asked it because it seems
to us we need it so. And whatever gift His
silence hides, this at least is certain, it is not, it
cannot be, only a stone.
Almighty God, who through Jesus Christ has
taught us to call Thee our Father, we thank Thee
that Thou hast chosen a name so dear to us to
reveal Thy care and Love. When our way is dark
and our burden is heavy and our hearts are per
plexed, grant us the grace to know that Thou
who art directing every step of our journey art
a God of Love, and Thy true and perfect Name
is Our Father in Heaven. Through Jesus Christ
our Lord. Amen.
" Whosoever will lose his
life for my sake shall find it."
(MATTHEW xvi. 25.)
THE UNRETURNING BRAVE
(EASTER DAY, 1915)
CHRISTMAS in war time was like an evil dream.
Easter is like a breath from Heaven itself, a
wind from the pure and blessed heights of God
blowing the clouds of battle-smoke apart for a
brief space so that we all may see again that
beyond the smoke and beyond grim death itself
there is the Life Enduring, a Divine Love com
pared to which ours at the best is untender and
hard, a Fatherly welcome beside which welcomes
here are faint and cold. This is the strangest
Easter Day the world has ever known, yet never
have the thousands and thousands of stricken
homes and sore hearts needed more the living
hope that is begotten anew in the Christian
Church this day by our Lord s rising again from
the dead. It is assuredly of God s mercy that
Easter should fall in these days, when so many
fathers and mothers, wives and sisters and lovers
need its hope and comfort so.
NOTE. I wish to acknowledge my indebtedness to Sir Wm.
Robertson Nicoll s " When the Wounded Go Home," a tender
and courageous message.
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We cannot but think to-day of the many,
many homes in our own. and other lands from
which strong and brave men marched away
weeks or months ago, because they had heard
the call, and were willing to make the supreme
sacrifice for righteousness* sake, who will never
come back again, who have died a soldier s death
and sleep in a soldier s grave fathers, husbands,
sons, lovers, gallant men, dear lads, cheerful,
willing, dauntless. You find their names by the
hundred and the thousand in the casualty lists,
but the loss you cannot measure unless you could
see all the shadowed homes. How many such
homes there are in our own land alone, How
many such in our own little circle !
Try to realise that, and then ask if a more
gracious message could fall upon all these hearts
to-day than the Easter message of the Christian
Church, that there is no death and that its
seeming victory is not a victory. The old, old
question, If a man die shall he live again ? is
answered to-day by the triumphant Yes ! of
Christendom. Yes, he never ceases to live.
From the inferno of the battlefield the mortally
stricken do but pass across the bridge and stream
of death to God s Other Side. When they fall
in battle, they fall into His everlasting Arms.
They do not die. They are not dead. It is only
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their poor mortal bodies that the shrieking shells
can maim or destroy. They themselves, the real
self and spirit of them, no material force can hurt,
for that belongs to a higher kingdom than the
visible, and its true goal and home are not here
To all who are sitting in darkness and in the
shadow of death in these days, to all who have
watched their beloved go out where every true
man would wish to go, and know only too surely
that they shall never return, to these to-day
Jesus Christ has His Word to speak, and would
that all might hear it and give it room in their
hearts to do its blessed work ! It is to Him we
owe it, and He is our authority for believing that
beyond the darkness and separation of death
there is the morning of a new and fairer day.
The valley of the Shadow, yea, the valley of
battle itself opens out again at its far end to the
sun s rising and the untrammelled life in the light
and liberty of God. The happy warrior is borne \
by gentle hands to God s own land of peace,
where the fret and fury of battle slip from him
like a discarded garment, and beside the still
waters of that better country he finds healing for
his hurt. It is that quiet and blessed hope that
is being reborn in our hearts this day as the
Church keeps her festival of a Risen and a Living
186 The Unreturning Brave
Christ. It is that lively hope the Church offers
for comfort to all stricken homes and to every
They offered themselves, these gallant lads,
not for anything they hoped to gain, but for
the sake of honour and liberty, of justice and
righteousness. And when a man casts himself
on God in that fashion, offering not the words
of his lips, nor the homage of his worship, but him
self, all that he has, his life and all that life holds
for him, think you that upon that poor soul, with
his priceless offering borne humbly in his hands,
the God and Father of us all is going to turn His
back ? "He that loseth his life/ said Jesus,
" for my sake shall find it."
There are times when the most gracious doctrine
is not gracious enough to represent and embody
the Spirit of Christ to us. We want something
more, and we often seek it and sometimes find
it in poetry, in art, or, best of all, in the silence of
our own hearts when God-given instinct whispers
what no words or doctrine can ever express.
Such a time is now. Such a need is ours to-day.
I make no defence of it theologically, and I ask
no man to accept it who does not feel it clamour
ing at his heart for entrance, but I confess that
for me a couple of lines of John Hay s in his
" Pike County Ballads " strike a note which all
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that I know in my heart of the Spirit of Christ
leaps up to welcome and approve. It is when he
has told the story of Jim Bludso s sacrifice. Jim
was engineer on the " Prairie Belle," a river-
steamboat, and he was rather a rough, careless
man. But when the steamer took fire, it was
Jim who held her against the bank till everybody
got safely off except himself. With eyes wide
open to what he did, he sacrificed his life to save
the other souls on board. Hay sums up in these
" And Christ ain t going to be too hard
On a man that died for men."
I leave it there. I trust I am a loyal son of the
Church, but I must have a place in my creed
somewhere for the hope which these lines express
that Christ ain t going to be too hard on a man
that died for men.
But there is something more to be said. Every
chaplain at the front tells us that the most care
less and irreligious youths and men take up
a wonderfully different attitude out there. Men
pray in the trenches who have never prayed
before. I heard some stories recently that
brought tears to my eyes, of brave and simple
confessions made at little gatherings for prayer
in strange places, by some of those very lads
whom we reckoned indifferent and heedless before
i88 The Unreturning Brave
they left home. And some of then, turning their
faces simply and earnestly, and by an old, old
instinct of the heart, towards God and His Christ
before the battle broke upon them, some of them
have fallen on the field !
Many, many more there must be who turned
them Godwards even at the eleventh hour in one
brief upward glance to ask forgiveness and strength
to play the man, about whom no chaplain can
report, for no one knows or saw or heard save
Christ Himself. But there s a glorious page in
the Gospel to assure us beyond all doubt or
question that no one who makes that appeal,
though it be the dying thief himself, ever makes
it in vain.
And there we leave the issue with God, who
is kinder than our kindest, and whose mercy is
from everlasting. It is He who has brought us
this blessed hope, through His Son, this Easter
Day, and we honour His gift best by taking it
in all its breadth and comfort to our hearts. To
the broken-hearted wife or mother, to whom the
bald War Office report has come, let us take this
comfort, " Your beloved is not dead. God has
him in His gracious care and keeping till the day
break and the shadows flee away." For that is
the Easter message, God be thanked. And this
is Easter Day.
The Unreturning Brave 189
To Thy merciful care and keeping we commend
all the sons and daughters of affliction, and especi
ally those who in this great contest have lost some
loved one. Grant that even through their tears
they may discern the glory that belongs to
those who have given their lives a ransom for
many. Be Thou their help and their strength,
and may the sympathy of all who know them
be for them an earnest and token of Thy great
Love and Compassion. Through Jesus Christ
our Lord. Amen.
" The heavens declare the
glory of God."
(PSALM xix. i.)
THE SACRAMENT OF SUNSET
" THE sky," says Ruskin, " is the part of Nature
in which God has done more for the sake of
pleasing man, more from the sole and evident
purpose of touching him, than in any other of
His works." It looks like the truth. For there
is no scene of earth so fair or majestic that
man cannot spoil it. Where the " cataract exults
among the hills, and wears its crown of rainbows
all alone," he will build him a power-house to
supply current to some distant town. But he
cannot touch the heavens. In the heart of
some fairy glen he will placard the virtues of
somebody s pills, and plaster the gate-posts in a
sweet country lane with the specious claims of
some quack doctor, but above it all, it is God, and
God alone, who spreadeth out the heavens like
a curtain and in them has set a tabernacle for
the sun. Even in places where the face of earth
wears no suggestion of natural beauty the face
of the sky redeems it from evil. For, above the
squalor of the city s meanest slum, burn the great
The Sacrament of Sunset 191
fires of the setting sun, and overhead the fleecy
white clouds sail silently all night long.
But* of it all, the glory of the sunset is chief.
The dawn has its cold splendours too, but not
many of us are there to see it when it is at its
best. It is at eventide, when the work of the day
is done, and the spell of its restfulness lays the
senses open, it is then chiefly that God unfolds
these splendid harmonies of colour in the western
heavens. And, by consent, on this Ayrshire
coast, on which I look out as I write, these glories
can be seen to great advantage. It is into no
flat expanse of water that the dying sun sinks
here. The peaks and crags of Arran invest its
passage with an indescribable pomp and majesty,
standing out against it like the massive pillars
of some giant gateway of the West. It is never
twice the same. Sometimes lurid and blazing,
with masses of thunder-cloud piled high, all their
outer edges rimmed with fire ; and, next night,
peaceful and level, a study in straight lines,
as if the great Artist, with even brush, had
washed the sky with bands of grey and blue and
gold. Each evening God has His own picture
for us, His own handiwork, unspoiled by man.
How many of us ever pause to recognise its
beauty ? What does it mean that such a pro
digality of harmonious colours should be the
The Sacrament of Sunset
most ordinary feature of our evening hour ?
Is it that God Himself takes delight in the beauty
of it all, for its own sake, rejoicing, like all good
workmen, in the work of His hands ? Or has
He some purpose with regard to His children of
mankind ? Is it, as Ruskin says, for the sake
of pleasing man ? How unthankful and unmind
ful we are, if that be so !
The sunset teaches us to put together these
two ideas beauty, beyond the wit of man to
portray, and God. There is plenty of ugliness
and sin in the world, and the life of men. Man
himself recognises how much of the beauty that
might have been has been marred and disfigured
by him. Yet in his heart he worships it, and
feels after it afar off. And in the evening sky it
is written that Beauty belongeth supremely unto
Whatever that far-off divine event be, to which
the whole creation moves, one of its features shall
be, must be, a beauty which shall fully satisfy.
For beauty and God cannot be divorced. And
when, of an evening, God for His own good
pleasure, working with those material elements
which have no power to disobey His behests,
unfolds His will in such dazzling visions of
splendour, is He not declaring that the end and
goal of life itself, when His purpose therewith
The Sacrament of Sunset 193
is completed, and Man, too, has fallen into har
mony with His will, shall be fair, and satisfying,
and beautiful ?
Let us not be afraid to say and believe that
God speaks to us in the sunset. If I pick up the
receiver of a telephone and hear my friend an
nounce some good news that fills my heart with
gladness, it does not disturb me to remember
that the wire itself has no power to speak. For
I feel that somewhere at the end of the wire is a
mind and a heart like my own who is using the
dead, soulless wire as a medium of speech with
me. When the glories of the sun s setting fall
upon your heart like a benediction, stirring you
to devout and grateful thought, breathing peace
upon you, cleansing your desires of all that is
mean and sordid, do not be afraid to believe that,
behind and beyond all that is material and visible,
there is the Mind and Heart in whose image yours
was made, whose gift peace is, whose whisper,
though it come along dead ether-waves to reach
you, is His whisper nevertheless.
It is perhaps natural that the prevailing quality
of the thoughts that arise within us when we
watch the setting sun should be pensive, tender,
and, not seldom, a little sad. For it speaks of
the end of the day and the coming night. Its
charm and spell are like that of autumn, the
194 The Sacrament of Sunset
remembrance of what has gone, the tender grace
of a day that is dead. For all the beauty and
wonder of this world, there is a tear at the
heart of things. Beneath all our laughter and
happiness there lies that deeper note. The night
cometh. There is an end to it all friendship,
love, happiness, work, life itself.
" For be the long day never so long,
At last it ringeth to evensong."
And yet, and yet, my brothers, the end is
beautiful, more beautiful even than the be
ginning. God has made the day s death to be
exceeding fair. The sun passes gloriously to
its rest. Hopefully too, for, passing thus, it
promises a new and fairer morning. So do
God s children die.
O Lord our God, who hast written Thy Word
of hope and promise in the evening sky, be near
us when our day is done, and the wind has
fallen silent, and the night is waiting. Put us
to sleep in a chamber of peace whose windows
open toward the sun rising, and, when we awake,
may we be still with Thee. For Jesus sake.
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PROF. R. E. WELSH S WORKS-continued.
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WINKWORTH. THE HISTORY AND LIFE OF THE
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